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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Jane M Marita
U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center
Research Geneticist (Plants)

Phone: (608) 890-1321
Fax: (608) 890-0076
1925 LINDEN DR W
MADISON, WI, 53706


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Identification and suppression of the p-coumaroyl-CoA: hydroxycinnamyl alcohol transferase in Zea mays L. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Rancour, D.M., Frost, K. 2014. Identification and suppression of the p-coumaroyl-CoA: hydroxycinnamyl alcohol transferase in Zea mays L. Plant Journal. doi:10.1111/tpj.12510.
Cell wall composition throughout development for the model grass Brachypodium distachyon Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rancour, D.M., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D. 2012. Cell wall composition throughout development for the model grass Brachypodium distachyon. Frontiers in Plant Science. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00266.
Sodium hydroxide pretreatment of genetically modified switchgrass for improved enzymatic release of sugars Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wang, Z., Li, R., Xu, J., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Qu, R., Cheng, J.J. 2012. Sodium hydroxide pretreatment of genetically modified switchgrass for improved enzymatic release of sugars. Bioresource Technology. 110:364-370.
Co-ensiling temperate grasses to improve protein use efficiency in ruminants - (Proceedings)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Brink, G.E., Mertens, D.R. 2012. Co-ensiling temperate grasses to improve protein use efficiency in ruminants. In: Proceedings of the XVI International Silage Conference, July 2-4, 2012, Hameenlina, Finland. p. 132-133.
Polyphenol oxidase activity in co-ensiled temperate grasses - (Abstract Only) - (02-Jan-12)
Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing - (Abstract Only)
Ralph, J., Grabber, J.H., Hatfield, R.D., Lu, F., Kim, H., Marita, J.M., Wilkerson, C. 2010. Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing. In: Proceedings of the XII Cell Wall Meeting, Porto, Portugal, 25-30 July 2010. Paper T12, p.8.
Enzymatic Processes Involved in the Incorporation of Hydroxycinnamates into Grass Cell Walls Reprint Icon - (Review Article)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M. 2010. Enzymatic Processes Involved in the Incorporation of Hydroxycinnamates into Grass Cell Walls. Phytochemistry Reviews. 9:35-45.
In Vitro Proteolytic Inhibition, Polyphenol Oxidase Activity, and Soluble O-Diphenols in Grasses and Cereals - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Brink, G.E. 2010. In Vitro Proteolytic Inhibition, Polyphenol Oxidase Activity, and Soluble O-Diphenols in Grasses and Cereals. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 58:959-966.
Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing - (Abstract Only)
Ralph, J., Grabber, J.H., Lu, F., Kim, H., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D. 2009. Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing. Proceedings of IUFRO Rusts of Pines Conference. p. 11.
Grass Lignin Acylation: p-Coumaroyl Transferase Activity and Cell Wall Characteristics of C3 and C4 Grasses - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M., Frost, K., Grabber, J.H., Ralph, J., Lu, F., Kim, H. 2009. Grass Lignin Acylation: p-Coumaroyl Transferase Activity and Cell Wall Characteristics of C3 and C4 Grasses. Planta. 229:1253-1267.
Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing - (Proceedings)
Ralph, J., Grabber, J.H., Lu, F., Kim, H., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D. 2009. Incorporation of Monolignol Conjugates into Lignin for Improved Processing. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Symposium on Wood, Fiber, and Pulping Chemistry, June 15-18, 2009, Oslo, Norway. Paper O-014.
Characterization of P-Coumarate Accumulation, P-Coumaroyl Transferase, and Cell Wall Changes During the Development of Corn Stems - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M., Frost, K. 2008. Characterization of p-coumarate accumulation, p-coumaroyl transferase, and cell wall changes during the development of corn stems. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. 88:2529-2537.
Variability of Grass Lignin Acylation - (Abstract Only)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M., Frost, K. 2008. Variability of grass lignin acylation [abstract]. The Pan American Congress on Plants and Bioenergy, June 22-25, 2008, Merida, Mexico. Abstract M705, p. 36.
Characterization of a P-Coumaroyl Transferase Responsible for the Incorporation of Pca into Grass Cell Walls - (Abstract Only)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M. 2008. Characterization of a p-coumaroyl transferase responsible for the incorporation of pCA into grass cell walls [abstract]. Ferulate '08: An International Conference on Hydroxycinnamates and Related Plant Phenolics, August 25-27, 2008, Minneapolis, Minnesota. p. 53.
Designing Lignins for Improved Biomass Processing - (Proceedings)
Ralph, J., Hatfield, R.D., Grabber, J.H., Lu, F., Kim, H., Marita, J.M. 2008. Designing lignins for improved biomass processing. In: Proceedings of the Funcfiber 2008 International Symposium on the Biology and Biotechnology of Wood, March 10-12, 2008, Umea, Sweden. p. 14
Lignin Acylation in Grasses - (Abstract Only)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Frost, K.E. 2007. Lignin acylation in grasses [abstract]. In: Program and Abstract Book of the Plant Biology and Botany 2007 Joint Congress, July 8-11, 2007, Chicago, Illinois. p. 106.
Effects of Coumarate 3-Hydroxylase Downregulation on Lignin Structure - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ralph, J., Akiyama, T., Kim, H., Lu, F., Schatz, P.F., Marita, J.M., Ralph, S.A., Reddy, M., Chen, F., Dixon, R.A. 2006. Effects of coumarate 3-hydroxylase downregulation on lignin structure. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 281(13):8843-8853.
Lignin Acylation in Grasses - (Abstract Only)
Hatfield, R.H., Marita, J.M., Frost, K. 2005 Lignin acylation in grasses [abstract]. Cell Wall Biosynthesis Meeting, Paper No.78
Polyphenol Oxidase Activity, O-Diphenols, Browning, and in Vitro Proteolytic Inhibition in Grasses Reprint Icon - (Abstract Only)
Hatfield, R.D., Marita, J.M., Brink, G.E. 2005. Polyphenol oxidase activity, o-diphenols, browning, and in vitro proteolytic inhibition in grasses [abstract]. ASA-CSSA-SSSA International Annual Meetings. Paper No. 241-3.
Tools for Lignin Structural Analysis; Applications to C3h-Downregulation - (Proceedings)
Ralph, J., Lu, F., Akiyama, T., Kim, H., Marita, J.M., Reddy, M.S., Dixon, R.A. 2005. Tools for lignin structural analysis; applications to C3H-downregulation. In: Proceedings of Biosynthesis of Plant Cell Walls, August 4-7, 2005, Pacific Grove, California. p. 11.
Determination of Polyphenol Oxidase Activity (Ppo) and Proteolytic Inhibition in Grasses - (Abstract Only)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Brink, G.E. 2005. Determination of polyphenol oxidase activity (PPO) and proteolytic inhibition in grasses [abstract]. Plant Biology. p. 210.
USDA ARS Nutrient Management Research Laboratoy 50% Submission - (Abstract Only)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Brink, G.E. 2005. Polyphenol oxidase activity and in vitro proteolytic inhibition in grasses [abstract]. XIVth International Silage Conference. p. 210.
Polyphenol Oxidase Activity and in Vitro Proteolytic Inhibition in Grasses - (Abstract Only)
Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Brink, G.E. 2005. Polyphenol oxidase activity and in vitro proteolytic inhibition in grasses. In: O'Mara, F.P., Wilkins, L., 't Mannetje, D.K., Lovett, R.A., Rogers, M., Boland, T.J., editors. XX International Grassland Congress: Offered Papers. Paper# 220.
Peroxidase-Dependent Cross-Linking Reactions of P-Hydroxycinnamates in Plant Cell Walls - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ralph, J., Bunzel, M., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Lu, F., Kim, H., Schatz, P.F., Grabber, J.H., Steinhart, H. 2004. Peroxidase-dependent cross-linking reactions of p-hydroxycinnamates in plant cell walls. Phytochemistry Reviews. 3:79-96
Lignins: Natural Polymers from Oxidative Coupling of 4-Hydroxyphenylpropanoids - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ralph, J., Lundquist, K., Brunow, G., Lu, F., Kim, H., Schatz, P.F., Marita, J.M., Hatfield, R.D., Ralph, S.A., Christensen, J.H., Boerjan, W. 2004. Lignins: natural polymers from oxidative coupling of 4-hydroxyphenylpropanoids. Phytochemistry Reviews 3(1):29-60.
Modifications in Lignin of Transgenic Alfalfa Down-Regulated in Comt and Ccoaomt - (Proceedings)
MARITA, J.M., RALPH, J., HATFIELD, R.D., GUO, D., CHEN, F., DIXON, R. MODIFICATIONS IN LIGNIN OF TRANSGENIC ALFALFA DOWN-REGULATED IN COMT AND CCOAOMT. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WOOD AND PULPING CHEMISTRY. 2003.
Determining the Role of P-Coumaryl Transferase in Lignification of Grasses - (Abstract Only) - (28-Feb-03)
Sequencing Around 5-Hydroxyconiferyl Alcohol-Derived Units in Comt-Deficient Lignins - (Proceedings)
LU, F., RALPH, J., MARITA, J.M., LAPIERRE, C., JOUANIN, L., BOERJAN, W. SEQUENCING AROUND 5-HYDROXYCONIFERYL ALCOHOL-DERIVED UNITS IN COMT-DEFICIENT LIGNINS. INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WOOD AND PULPING CHEMISTRY. 2003.
Variations in the Cell Wall Composition of Maize Brown Midrib Mutants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
MARITA, J.M., VERMERRIS, W., RALPH, J., HATFIELD, R.D. VARIATIONS IN THE CELL WALL COMPOSITION OF MAIZE BROWN MIDRIB MUTANTS. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 2003. v. 51. p. 1313-1321. v. 51. pp. 1313-1321.
Modifications in Lignin of Transgenic Alfalfa Downregulated in Caffeic Acid 3-0-Methyltransferase and Caffeoyl Coenzyme a 3-0-Methyltransferase - (Abstract Only) - (12-Dec-02)
Sinapate Dehydrodimers and Sinapale-Ferulate Heterodimers in Cereal Dietary Fiber - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (19-Nov-02)
Structural and Compositional Modifications in Lignin of Transgenic Alfalfa Down-Regulated in Caffeic Acid 3-O-Methyltransferase and Caffeoyl Coa 3-O-Methyltransferase - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (09-Sep-02)
Genetic Engineering of Lignin Biosynthesis in Poplar and Effects on Kraft Pulping - (Book / Chapter) - (09-Sep-02)
Nmr Proof That Lignins of Comt-Deficient Transgenic and Mutant Angiosperms Incorporate 5-Hydroxconiferyl Alcohol - (Proceedings) - (17-Feb-02)
Elucidation of New Structures in Lignins of Cad and Comt Deficient Plants by Nmr - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (16-Nov-00)
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