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Carotenoids

  • Crispin A. Howitt
  • Barry J. Pogson
  • Abby J. Cuttriss
  • Joanna L. Mimica
Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 23)

Carotenoid pigments provide fruit and flowers with distinctive red, orange and yellow colors and a number of aromas, which make them commercially important in agriculture, food manufacturing and the cosmetic industry. However, it is their roles in photosynthesis and nutrition that explain the absolute requirement for carotenoids in the survival of plants and animals alike. Carotenoids comprise a large family of over 600 members of isoprenoids (Britton et al., 2004).

Keywords

Xanthophyll Cycle Carotenoid Biosynthesis Prolamellar Body Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase Zeaxanthin Epoxidase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Crispin A. Howitt
    • 1
  • Barry J. Pogson
    • 2
  • Abby J. Cuttriss
    • 2
  • Joanna L. Mimica
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Plant IndustryAustralia
  2. 2.ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, School of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyThe Australian National UniversityAustralia

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