Study reveals secret to plants' vitamin C production

March 12, 2015 3:58 PM

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Study reveals secret to plants' vitamin C production

Vitamin C is one of those necessities. Among other things, it prevents iron deficiency anemia and maladies such as scurvy. Scientists say better understanding how plants produce and regulate the vitamin can help improve agricultural strategies and solve problems like malnutrition.

Scientists know vitamin C is produced in each plant cell when ascorbate molecules interact with a critical enzyme via biochemical pathways. But there are two main ways to regulate the production. One strategy is for DNA instructions to be turned over to messenger molecule RNA, a molecule that orders...

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