Advance in mechanism of plant leaf colour mutation


  • Mingyue FU Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Shuiyuan CHENG Wuhan Polytechnic University, National R&D for Se-rich Agricultural Products Processing Technology, Wuhan 430023 (CN)
  • Feng XU Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei; Wuhan Polytechnic University, National R&D for Se-rich Agricultural Products Processing Technology, Wuhan 430023 (CN)
  • Zexiong CHEN Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, College of Landscape Architecture and Life Science, Chongqing 402160 (CN)
  • Zhongbing LIU Wuhan University of Bioengineering, School of Horticulture and Landscape, Wuhan 430415 (CN)
  • Weiwei ZHANG Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Jiarui ZHENG Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)
  • Ling WANG Yangtze University, Jingzhou 434025, Hubei (CN)



chlorophyll, chloroplast, leaf colour mutation, light; mutant, MEP pathway, temperature


As a common mutation trait in plants, leaf colour mutation is related to the degree of chlorophyll and anthocyanin changes and the destruction of chloroplast structure. This study summarizes the latest research progress in leaf colour mutation mechanism, including the metabolic basis of plant leaf colour mutation, leaf colour mutation caused by gene mutation in the chlorophyll metabolism pathway, leaf colour mutation caused by blocked chloroplast development, leaf colour mutation controlled by key transcription factors and non-coding RNAs, leaf colour mutation caused by environmental factors, and leaf colour mutation due to the involvement of the mevalonate pathway. These results will lay a theoretical foundation for leaf colour development, leaf colour improvement, and molecular breeding for leaf colour among tree species.


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FU, M. ., CHENG, S. ., XU, F., CHEN, . Z. ., LIU, Z. ., ZHANG, W. ., ZHENG, . J. ., & WANG, L. . (2021). Advance in mechanism of plant leaf colour mutation. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 49(2), 12071.



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