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Final Report - MALONDIPLANT (Origin, localization and biological function of malondialdehyde in plants)

Project ID: 236271
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the final report of the MALONDIPLANT project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The main objective was to study the origin of the second pool of malondialdehyde (MDA) - a product of linolenic acid fragmentation - in plants, its biological function and where it is located in the subcellular level. Approximately 7000 Arabidopsis mutant plants were genetically screened to establish any alteration in MDA levels in the root tips.

The results indicate there is a putative enzymatic production of MDA in roots. An Arabidopsis mutant with a lower production of MDA in the roots was identified, and data confirm the protein's role in the synthesis of MDA in plants. The use of mutant or transgenic plants could be potentially significant in plant biology but further studies are required on the improvement of plant resistance to different environmental stresses they experience under natural conditions.

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