Ascorbic Acid in Plants

Biosynthesis, Regulation and Enhancement

  • Yuyang¬†Zhang

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Plant Science book series (BRIEFSPLANT)

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Ascorbate acid (AsA) is an important antioxidant in plants, playing important roles in various physiological processes. Humans have lost the ability to synthesize AsA because of the lack of L-gulono-1,4-lactone oxidoreductase, and thus have to absorb ascorbate from diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, as they are the major sources of ascorbate. Several pathways for AsA biosynthesis and metabolism have been identified in plants since 1998. More attention has been paid to improving ascorbate content in plants especially in fruits and vegetables. Significant progresses have been made on key enzymes and genes involved in the AsA biosynthesis and metabolism. Recently, more interests have arised in the regulation of AsA biosynthesis, as it is constantly regulated by the plant development and the environmental factors, e.g. light. Ascorbic acid is also frequently reported to affect plant growth and development e.g. flowering time and fruit ripening. The scope of the book is to cover the biological role, biosynthesis and metabolism, regulation, and metabolic modification of ascorbate in plants.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Yuyang¬†Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1., College of HorticultureHuazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanChina, People's Republic

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  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4126-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4127-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-1229
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-1210
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