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Eduardo Cruz-Rus, Iraida Amaya and Dr. Victoriano Valpuesta The challenge of increasing vitamin C content in plant foods Biotechnology Journal 7

Version of Record online: 14 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/biot.201200041

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Vitamin C is the common name for L-ascorbic acid (AsA). In humans, the principal role of Vitamin C is to scavenge reactive oxygen species to play an important role as cofactor for many enzymes. This review article provides a current and forward looking perspective of how plant science can contribute to improve L-ascorbic acid content in crop species using plant biotechnology, by gene transformation, quantitative trait loci and association mapping-based approaches.

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