Chlorophagy: Preventing sunburn

  title={Chlorophagy: Preventing sunburn},
  author={Lei Lei},
  journal={Nature Plants},
  • L. Lei
  • Published 1 March 2017
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature Plants
Chloroplasts are the organelles in which sunlight energy is captured and converted. Mostly found in leaf mesophyll cells, these green organelles are often exposed to direct sunlight as well as harmful ultraviolet B (UVB). Recently, Masanori Izumi of Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, and colleagues reported that autophagy of entire chloroplasts, termed chlorophagy, was responsible for the degradation and recycling of UVB-damaged…