What is it about?

A deeply conserved plant microRNA that is likely important for purple pigmentation and fruit development

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Why is it important?

timely focus on nutraceutical production; compounds that account for 20% of the carbon fixed by plants to make secondary metabolites like flavonoids, stilbenes, anthocyanins, pathogen-defensive phytoalexins, structural lignin, and tannins. Anthocyanins contribute attractive colors to fruits and flowers that aid in seed and pollen dispersal and are important for human heath, having anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.

Perspectives

Studying genes ultimately leads to long-standing questions: how does evolution work? E.g. Did evolution adapt fermentation of flavonoid and anthocyanin pathways by our gut microbiomes that contribute to immediate and generational fitness?

Chris Rock
Texas Tech University System

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This page is a summary of: A role for MIR828 in pineapple fruit development, F1000Research, January 2020, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.21779.1.
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