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Metabolic Engineering to Modify Flower Color

Yoshikazu Tanaka, Shinzo Tsuda and Takaaki Kusumi

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 39, issue 11, pages 1119-1126
Published in print November 1998 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online November 1998 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.pcp.a029312
Metabolic Engineering to Modify Flower Color

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Thanks to the rapid progress in molecular biology of flavonoid biosynthesis and plant transformation, it has become feasible to modify the pathway and flower color through genetic engineering. One of the advantages of molecular breeding is that flower color can be specifically modified without changing the other characteristics of the targeted variety. Novel flower color varieties such as brick-red petunias and violet carnations have been successfully made by expression of heterologous flavonoid genes. Flavonoid metabolic engineering has and will give new perspectives in plant molecular biology besides its industrial application.

Keywords: Anthocyanin; Flavonoid; Flower color; Metabolic engineering; Transgenic plants

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Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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