Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2009, Vol. 44 ›› Issue (06): 643-655.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-3466.2009.06.001

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Recent Advances in Research into Vitamin C Biosynthesis and Metabolism in Arabidopsis thaliana and Crop Species

Chunmei Yu1,2, Bin Li1, Shimin Li1, Jing Chen1, Daowen Wang1*   

  1. 1The State Key Laboratory of Plant Cell and Chromosome Engineering, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China;
    2School of Life Science, Nantong University, Nantong 226007, China
  • Received:2008-10-09 Revised:2008-11-14 Online:2009-11-01 Published:2009-11-01
  • Contact: Daowen Wang

Abstract: Vitamin C (Vc) is a relatively abundant small molecule in both animal and plant cells and plays many important roles in growth and development of animals and plants. In this paper, we review studies of Vc biosynthesis and metabolism conducted with the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Related investigations in crop species, although much less advanced than those reported in Arabidopsis, are also summarized. The information will be useful for further studies of Vc biosynthesis and metabolism to improve stress tolerance and nutritional quality of important crops through molecular breeding.