Photoprotective functions of xanthophyll pigments in avocado

Leaves in sun and shade

Description

Shade leaves of some tropical plants, such as avocado, have two carotenoid based pigment cycles that have established a particular photoprotective function for the xanthophyll pigment lutein.

Papers from this project

  • Förster B, Osmond CB, Pogson BJ (2009) De-novo synthesis and degradation of Lx- and V-cycle pigments during shade and sun acclimation in avocado leaves (P. americana). Plant Physiology 149: 1179-1195
  • Esteban R, Jiménez MS, Morales D, Jiménez ET, Hormaetxe K, Becerril JM, Osmond B, García-Plazaola J-I (2008) Short and long-term modulation of the lutein-epoxide and violaxanthin cycles in two species of the Lauraceae: sweet bay laurel (Laurus nobilis L.) and avocado (Persea americana Mill). Plant Biology 10, 288-297.

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