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Science Advances  13 May 2020:
Vol. 6, no. 20, eaba0721
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aba0721

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vol. 6 no. 20

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  • Received for publication November 1, 2019
  • Accepted for publication March 2, 2020
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  1. Benjamin R. Lichman1,*,
  2. Grant T. Godden2,
  3. John P. Hamilton3,
  4. Lira Palmer4,
  5. Mohamed O. Kamileen4,
  6. Dongyan Zhao3,,
  7. Brieanne Vaillancourt3,
  8. Joshua C. Wood3,
  9. Miao Sun2,
  10. Taliesin J. Kinser2,5,
  11. Laura K. Henry6,
  12. Carlos Rodriguez-Lopez4,
  13. Natalia Dudareva6,7,8,
  14. Douglas E. Soltis2,5,
  15. Pamela S. Soltis2,
  16. C. Robin Buell3,9,10,* and
  17. Sarah E. O’Connor4,*
  1. 1Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, Department of Biology, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK.
  2. 2Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.
  3. 3Department of Plant Biology, Michigan State University, 612 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
  4. 4Department of Natural Product Biosynthesis, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, D-07745 Jena, Germany.
  5. 5Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA.
  6. 6Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.
  7. 7Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.
  8. 8Purdue Center for Plant Biology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA.
  9. 9Plant Resilience Institute, Michigan State University, 612 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
  10. 10MSU AgBioResearch, Michigan State University, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.
  1. *Corresponding author. Email: benjamin.lichman{at}york.ac.uk (B.R.L.); buell{at}msu.edu (C.R.B.); oconnor{at}ice.mpg.de (S.E.O.)
  • Present address: Institute of Biotechnology, Cornell University, 525 Tower Rd. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.

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