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Carotenoids are pigments responsible for the bright red, yellow and orange colors of fruit.   Here, researchers use analytical and molecular methods to describe the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway of loquat fruit during the fruits on-tree development. Carotenoid composition was found to be greatly affected during fruit development, with striking differences between flesh and peel tissue.

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BMC Plant Biology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of plant biology, including molecular, cellular, tissue, organ and whole organism research.


  • Ying Lou, BioMed Central

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  • Z. Jeffrey Chen, University of Texas at Austin
  • Fabrizio Costa, Fondazione Edmund Mach
  • Grant Cramer, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Elizabeth Jean Finnegan, CSIRO
  • Pradeep Kachroo, University of Kentucky
  • Jim Leebens-Mack, University of Georgia
  • Chris MakaroffMiami University
  • Kay Schneitz, Technische Universität München
  • Paul Boss, CSIRO

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