Inside Cover: Hypermodified Fluorescent Chlorophyll Catabolites: Source of Blue Luminescence in Senescent Leaves (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 30/2010)

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  • Srinivas Banala Dr.,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre of Molecular Biosciences, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), Fax: (+43) 512-507-2892
    2. Present address: Technical University of Berlin, Department of Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Straße des 17. Juni 124/TC 2, 10623 Berlin (Germany)
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  • Simone Moser Dr.,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre of Molecular Biosciences, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), Fax: (+43) 512-507-2892
    2. Present address: Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)
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  • Thomas Müller Dr.,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre of Molecular Biosciences, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), Fax: (+43) 512-507-2892
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  • Christoph Kreutz Dr.,

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre of Molecular Biosciences, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), Fax: (+43) 512-507-2892
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  • Andreas Holzinger Priv.-Doz. Dr.,

    1. Institute of Botany, Department of Physiology and Cell Physiology of Alpine Plants, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria)
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  • Cornelius Lütz Prof. Dr.,

    1. Institute of Botany, Department of Physiology and Cell Physiology of Alpine Plants, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria)
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  • Bernhard Kräutler Prof. Dr.

    1. Institute of Organic Chemistry and Centre of Molecular Biosciences, University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck (Austria), Fax: (+43) 512-507-2892
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Abstract

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The typical degradation of chlorophyll in degreening leaves leads to catabolites that are colorless and difficult to detect. In their Communication on page 5174 ff., B. Kräutler and co-workers report that blue-fluorescent chlorophyll catabolites accumulate in yellowing banana leaves, which exhibit blue luminescence under UV light. These catabolites present new molecular in vivo probes for the study of senescence in plants.

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