Effect of light intensity on the formation of carotenoids in normal and mutant maize leaves

G. Horváth, J. Kissimon, Á Faludi-Dániel

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Carotenoid composition in leaves of normal, lycopenic and ζ-carotenic mutants of Zea mays were investigated. In lycopenic leaves, in addition to lycopene, phytoene, phytofluene, δ- and γ-carotene, trace amounts of α- and β-carotene and antheraxanthin were identified. Low light promoted accumulation of α- and β-carotene; high light brought about an increase in antheraxanthin content. In the leaves of the ζ-carotenic mutant, phytoene, phytofluene and ζ-carotene were synthesized. Illumination of low intensity stimulated carotenoid synthesis to a slight extent. Relative amounts of carotenoid components were essentially the same as in etiolated material, except for a small increase in cis-ζ-carotene. Under high intensity illumination, carotenoids were rapidly destroyed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1972



  • Gramineae
  • Zea mays
  • carotenoids
  • light intensity
  • mutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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