Formation of Anthocyanins in Plants


DISTINCT lines of investigation converge on the problem of the formation of antho-cyanins in plants, our information being derived from studies in plant physiology, in genetics and in the organic chemistry of the pigments and related members of the flavan group. Anthocyanins are frequently produced when photo-synthetic activity at the site of eventual pigmentation is diminished through seasonal changes or various kinds of injuries to the plant (mechanical, fungus disease, etc.). Under such conditions, carbohydrates and other synthetic products tend to accumulate as the result of interference with the translocation currents. Abundant nutriment favours anthocyanin formation, which can, in many cases, be accelerated by artificial feeding with sugars.

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Robinson, R. Formation of Anthocyanins in Plants. Nature 137, 172–173 (1936).

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