J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2021, Vol. 63 ›› Issue (1): 210-227.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.13047

Special Issue: Development Biotechnology Crop yield Nutrition and stress

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Benefiting others and self: Production of vitamins in plants

Yufei Li1, Chenkun Yang1, Hasan Ahmad1, Mohamed Maher1, Chuanying Fang2 and Jie Luo2*   

  1. 1National Key Laboratory of Crop Genetic Improvement and National Center of Plant Gene Research (Wuhan), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
    2College of Tropical Crops, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, China

    *Correspondence: Jie Luo (jie.luo@hainanu.edu.cn)
  • Received:2020-10-10 Accepted:2020-11-26 Online:2020-12-07 Published:2021-01-01

Abstract: Vitamins maintain growth and development in humans, animals, and plants. Because plants serve as essential producers of vitamins, increasing the vitamin contents in plants has become a goal of crop breeding worldwide. Here, we begin with a summary of the functions of vitamins. We then review the achievements to date in elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying how vitamins are synthesized, transported, and regulated in plants. We also stress the exploration of variation in vitamins by the use of forward genetic approaches, such as quantitative trait locus mapping and genome‐wide association studies. Overall, we conclude that exploring the diversity of vitamins could provide new insights into plant metabolism and crop breeding.

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