L-tartaric acid synthesis from vitamin C in higher plants.

  title={L-tartaric acid synthesis from vitamin C in higher plants.},
  author={Seth Debolt and Douglas R. Cook and Christopher M. Ford},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={103 14},
The biosynthetic pathway of L-tartaric acid, the form most commonly encountered in nature, and its catabolic ties to vitamin C, remain a challenge to plant scientists. Vitamin C and L-tartaric acid are plant-derived metabolites with intrinsic human value. In contrast to most fruits during development, grapes accumulate L-tartaric acid, which remains within the berry throughout ripening. Berry taste and the organoleptic properties and aging potential of wines are intimately linked to levels of L… CONTINUE READING
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