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Members of the mint family (Lamiaceae), such as peppermint, sweet basil, rosemary and lavender, are among the world's most important raw meterials for flavors and fragrances and serve as culinary herbs and spices. The essential oils are synthesized and accumulated in specialized structures on the leaf surface called glandular trichomes. The Mint Genomics Resource (MGR) serves to collect and disseminate information relevant for research on mint species.  Currently available data sets include a reference genome sequence from horse mint (Mentha longifolia L.) (accessible through a genome browser and downloadable), RNA-seq transcriptome data from glandular trichomes for five Mentha species, and metabolic maps reflecting the species-specific essential oil profiles.

 

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