Beta-Carotene / ß-Carotene is an organic compound and classified as a terpenoid. It is a strongly-coloured red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits.
Crop improvement often involves the transfer of genetic material from one organism to another to produce a valuable trait. Some major examples of crops with these so-called "transgenes" include disease-resistant cotton and beta-carotene-enhanced golden rice.
Buying tomatoes and other fruits in the grocery store is always a gamble because, however good they look, they are often firm but lack flavor.
An international research team has found that a genetic pathway known as CHLORAD, also plays a critical role in the ripening of tomatoes.
Researchers have genetically engineered a probiotic yeast to produce beta-carotene in the guts of laboratory mice. The advance demonstrates the utility of work the researchers have done to detail how a suite of genetic engineering tools can be used to modify the yeast.
An international research team has performed a new study that revealed that Arabidopsis thaliana plants create beta-cyclocitral when attacked by herbivores.
Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. But to get the full health benefits of this superfood, you need an active enzyme to produce this vitamin.
Similar to other orange fruits and vegetables, mangoes have abundant beta-carotene and also contain antioxidants that may delay damage to cells.
A new collaborative study led by researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) in Barcelona and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP) in Valencia describes a promising strategy to improve the nutritional benefits of crops.