The beet R locus encodes a new cytochrome P450 required for red betalain production

  title={The beet R locus encodes a new cytochrome P450 required for red betalain production},
  author={Gregory J. Hatlestad and Rasika M Sunnadeniya and Neda A Akhavan and Antonio Gonz{\'a}lez and I. Lynn R. Goldman and J. Mitchell McGrath and Alan Lloyd},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
Anthocyanins are red and violet pigments that color flowers, fruits and epidermal tissues in virtually all flowering plants. A single order, Caryophyllales, contains families in which an unrelated family of pigments, the betalains, color tissues normally pigmented by anthocyanins. Here we show that CYP76AD1 encoding a novel cytochrome P450 is required to produce the red betacyanin pigments in beets. Gene silencing of CYP76AD1 results in loss of red pigment and production of only yellow… CONTINUE READING
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