peer reviewed research


Jianfeng Yang, Lucas Busta, Reinhard Jetter, Yingpeng Sun, Tianyu Wang, Wenlan Zhang, Yu Ni, and Yanjun Guo

Diversifed Chemical Profles Of Cuticular Wax On Alpine Meadow Plants Of The Qinghai‑tibet Plateau

Planta, 2023.

Lucas Busta, Ismail Dweikat, Shirley J. Sato, Haolin Qu, Yong Xue, Bangjun Zhou, Lu Gan, Bin Yu, Thomas E. Clemente, Edgar B. Cahoon, Chi Zhang

Chemical And Genetic Variation In Feral Cannabis Sativa Populations Across The Nebraska Climate Gradient

Phytochemistry, 2022.

Samuel Scott, Edgar B. Cahoon, and Lucas Busta*

Variation on a Theme: The Structures and Biosynthesis of Specialized Fatty Acid Natural Products in Plants

The Plant Journal, 2022.

Lucas Busta*, Kent D Chapman, and Edgar B Cahoon*

Better Together: Protein Partnerships for Lineage-Specific Oil Accumulation

Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 2022.

Patrícia Santos*, Lucas Busta, Won Cheol Yim, Edgar B Cahoon, Dylan K Kosma*

Structural Diversity, Biosynthesis, and Function of Plant Falcarin-type Polyacetylenic Lipids

Journal of Experimental Botany, 2022.

Craig Schenck†* and Lucas Busta†

Using interdisciplinary, phylogeny-guided approaches to understand the evolution of plant metabolism

Plant Molecular Biology, 2021.

Xuefeng Zhang, Yu Ni, Daixiang Xu, Lucas Busta, Yu Xiao, Reinhard Jetter, and Yanjun Guo*

Integrative analysis of the cuticular lipidome and transcriptome of Sorghum bicolor reveals cultivar differences in drought tolerance

Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, 2021.

Lucas Busta*, Elizabeth Schmitz, Dylan Kosma, James Schnable, and Edgar B. Cahoon*

A co-opted steroid synthesis gene, maintained in sorghum but not maize, is associated with a divergence in leaf wax chemistry

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2021.

Lucas Busta and Sabrina Russo

Enhancing interdisciplinary and systems thinking with an integrative plant chemistry module applied in diverse undergraduate course settings

Journal of Chemical Education, 2020.

Henry V. Jakubowski, Nicholas Bock, Lucas Busta, Matthew Pearce, Rebecca L. Roston, Zachery D. Shomo, Cassidy Terrell

Introducing climate change into the biochemistry and molecular biology curriculum

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2020.

Jovana V. Milić†, Andreas Ehnbom†, Mahlet Garedew†, Paulette Vincent-Ruz, Tracy H. Schloemer, Gregory K. Hodgson, Meagan S. Oakley, Koichi Sasaki, Subhash Chander, Marc-André Légaré, Cassandra E. Callmann, Aisha N. Bismillah, Dannie J.G.P. van Osch, Vanessa Sanchez, Nathan R.B. Boase, Dickson Mambwe, Connor W. Coley, Yuanxin Deng, Kerry N. Betz, Jesús Sanjosé-Orduna, Sean Natoli, Liang Zhang, Olga Bakulina, Ehsan Fereyduni, Jazmín Ciciolil Hilario-Martínez, Lucas Busta, Arianne Hunter, Yoonsu Park, and Farnaz Haidar Zadeh

The future of scientific leadership is interdisciplinary: the 2019 CAS Future Leaders share their vision

iSCIENCE, 2020. † co-first authors

Lucas Busta†, Olga Serra†, Ok Tae Kim, Marisa Molinas, Irene Peré-Fossoul, Mercè Figueras, and Reinhard Jetter

Oxidosqualene cyclases involved in the biosynthesis of triterpenoids in Quercus suber cork

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 2020. † co-first authors

Gianfranco Diretto, Sarah Frusciante, Claudia Fabbri, Nicolas Schauer, Lucas Busta, Zhonghua Wang, Antonio J. Matas, Alessia Fiore, Jocelyn K.C. Rose, Alisdair R. Fernie, Reinhard Jetter, Benedetta Mattei, Jim Giovannoni, and Giovanni Giuliano

Manipulation of β‐carotene levels in tomato fruits results in increased ABA content and extended shelf‐life


Tao Feng, Ya Yang, Lucas Busta, Edgar B. Cahoon, Hengchang Wang, and Shiyou Lü

Lineage specific gene radiations and positive selection on FAD2 underlie the origin of polyacetylene metabolism in campanulids

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 2019, 181(2): 714-728.

Lucas Busta, Won Yim, Evan William LaBrant, Peng Wang, Lindsey Grimes, Kiah Malyszka, John C. Cushman, Patricia Santos, Dylan K Kosma, and Edgar B. Cahoon

Identification of genes encoding enzymes catalyzing the early steps of carrot polyacetylene biosynthesis

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY, 2018, 178(4): 1507

Xiangjun Li, Alicen M. Teitgen, Asghar Shirani, Juan Ling, Lucas Busta, Rebecca E. Cahoon, Wei Zhang, Zaiyun Li, Kent D. Chapman, Diana Berman, Chunyu Zhang, Robert E. Minto and Edgar B. Cahoon

Discontinuous fatty acid elongation yields hydroxylated seed oil with improved function

NATURE PLANTS, 2018, 4(9): 711

Yanjun Guo, June Li, Lucas Busta, and Reinhard Jetter

Coverage and composition of cuticular waxes on the fronds of the temperate ferns Pteridium aquilinum, Cryptogramma crispa, Polypodium glycyrrhiza, Polystichum munitum and Gymnocarpium dryopteris

ANNALS OF BOTANY, 2018, 122(4): 555

Ok Tae Kim, Yurry Um, Mei Lan Jin, Young Chang Kim, Kyong Hwan Bang, Daniela Hegebarth, Lucas Busta, Radu Racovita, and Reinhard Jetter

A Novel Multifunctional C-23 Oxidase, CYP714E19, is Involved in Asiaticoside Biosynthesis

PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY, 2018, 59(6): 1200

Tongjun Sun, Lucas Busta, Qian Zhang, Pingtao Ding, Reinhard Jetter, and Yuelin Zhang

TGACG-BINDING FACTOR 1 (TGA1) and TGA4 regulate salicylic acid and pipecolic acid biosynthesis by modulating the expression of SYSTEMIC ACQUIRED RESISTANCE DEFICIENT 1 (SARD1) and CALMODULIN-BINDING PROTEIN 60g (CBP60g)

NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 2018, 217(1): 344

Lucas Busta and Reinhard Jetter

Moving beyond the ubiquitous: the diversity and biosynthesis of specialty compounds in plant cuticular waxes


Yanjun Guo†, Lucas Busta†, and Reinhard Jetter

Cuticular wax coverage and composition differ among organs of Taraxacum officinale

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY, 2017, 115: 372. † co-first authors

Lucas Busta and Reinhard Jetter

Structure and biosynthesis of branched wax compounds on wild type and wax biosynthesis mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana

PLANT AND CELL PHYSIOLOGY, 2017, 58(6): 1059

Lucas Busta†, Daniela Hegebarth†, Edward Kroc, and Reinhard Jetter

Changes in cuticular wax coverage and composition on developing Arabidopsis leaves are influenced by wax biosynthesis gene expression levels and trichome density

PLANTA, 2016, 245(2): 297. † co-first authors

Pingtao Ding†, Dmitrij Rekhter†, Yuli Ding†, Kirstin Feussner, Lucas Busta, Sven Haroth, Shaohua Xu, Xin Li, Reinhard Jetter, Ivo Feussner, and Yuelin Zhang

Characterization of a Pipecolic Acid Biosynthesis Pathway Required for Systemic Acquired Resistance

THE PLANT CELL, 2016, 28: 2603. † co-first authors

Lucas Busta, Jessica M. Budke, and Reinhard Jetter

Cuticular wax coverage on Funaria hygrometrica is similar to vascular plants, but wax composition differs between surfaces of the leafy gametophyte, calyptra, and sporophyte capsule

ANNALS OF BOTANY, 2016, 118(3): 551

Lucas Busta, Jessica M. Budke, and Reinhard Jetter

Identification of β-hydroxy fatty acid esters and primary,secondary-alkanediol esters in cuticular waxes of the moss Funaria hygrometrica

PHYTOCHEMISTRY, 2016, 121: 38