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Issue 7, 2009
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Blue flower color development by anthocyanins: from chemical structure to cell physiology

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Abstract

Covering: 1992 to 2007

Blue flower colors are primarily due to anthocyanin, a flavonoid pigment. Anthocyanin itself is purple in neutral aqueous solutions, and its color is very unstable and quickly fades. Therefore, the mechanism of blue color development in living flower petals is one of the most intriguing problems in natural product chemistry. Much progress has been made in understanding blue flower coloration since the comprehensive review by Goto and Kondo in 1991. This review focuses on the advances in the last 15 years, and cites 149 references.

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The article was received on 25 Dec 2008 and first published on 06 May 2009


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B800165K
Citation: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2009,26, 884-915

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    Blue flower color development by anthocyanins: from chemical structure to cell physiology

    K. Yoshida, M. Mori and T. Kondo, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2009, 26, 884
    DOI: 10.1039/B800165K

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