PLANT PIGMENT EVOLUTION

Painting with betalains

Investigations of plant metabolism reveal how an enzyme variant with reduced feedback sensitivity may allow plants to switch their pigment palettes.

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Fig. 1: Biosynthesis of anthocyanins and betalains.

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A.O. thanks A. Huang for providing Fig. 1, and acknowledges funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the John Innes Foundation.

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Osbourn, A. Painting with betalains. Nature Plants 3, 852–853 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-017-0049-x

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