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Conserved role of fructokinase-like protein 1 in chloroplast development revealed by a seedling-lethal albino mutant of pepper 
Chunmei Shi1 , Xinyan Shen1 , Zhiying Zhang1 , Yuhong Zhou1 , Rong Chen1 , Jingying Luo1 , Yaping Tang1 , Yongen Lu1 , Feng Li1 and Bo Ouyang,1 ,
1Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology (Ministry of Education), Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China
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Horticulture Research 9,
Article number: uhab084 (2022)
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Received: 13 Oct 2021
Revised: 12 Dec 2021
Published online: 20 Jan 2022


Dear Editor,

Chloroplasts perform photosynthesis and thus drive the growth, development, and reproduction of plants. Mutations in genes that encode chloroplast proteins frequently lead to chlorophyll deficiencies. Studies on chlorophyll-deficient mutants have led to major advances in our knowledge of chloroplast- and photosynthesis-associated genes in model plants. Similarly, studies on chlorophyll-deficient mutants will contribute to our understanding of chloroplast development and function in solanaceous crops, such as pepper, thus helping us to rationally manipulate photosynthesis for crop improvement. Pepper is a globally important vegetable that is used as a spice, food, and medicine.