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Chalcone 3- Hydroxylase: yellow colouration of flowers


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Different yellow pigments can be responsible for the yellow colouration of flowers. This includes the wide-spread carotenoids, but also betalains, quinones, yellow flavonoids and anthochlore pigments (chalcones and aurones). Many popular ornamental plants do not produce yellow varieties or only ivory and pale yellow varieties despite of intensive conventional breeding efforts.

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World-wide, there are many attempts to use molecular breeding approaches for the creation of yellow varieties of such ornamental
plants. Currently, two approaches are performed; one using aureusidine
synthase (AUS) from snapdragon, the others chalcone reductase (CHR)
present e.g. in soybean for the accumulation of stable 6’-deoxychalcones.
However, there are no reports available on the creation of prototypes
showing a satisfying yellow flower colour.


According to the invention it was found out that polypeptides, in particular
hydroxylases, as for example flavonoid 3’-hydroxylases, are able to
hydroxylate chalcones at position 3. The knowledge of such hydroxylases
enables the modulation of the expression of these hydroxylases in order to, for example, overexpress or inhibit these in vivo. In particular, the knowledge of these enzymes enables the modulation of the quantity of hydroxylated chalcones in a plant or plant cell, respectively, in order to thus change the colour composition in the latter. Thus, plants, which comprise the nucleic acid molecules according to the invention, have, for example, flowers with an
intensive yellow colouration.


  • Intensification of the yellow colouration due to the enrichment of chalcones with a 3,4-hydroxy pattern
  • Increased formation of aurones


This invention may be used for the creation of yellow flower colour in species which do not naturally produce yellow varieties. Possible target plants could be e.g.fuchsia, cyclamen, poinsettia, petunia, African violet, azalea, Easter lily, and geranium. Although pale yellow or ivory varieties of a few of these
species exist, the availability of intensive yellow varieties would be a novel and interesting market input.

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chalcone 3-hydroxylase, molecular breeding , yellow flower colour

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