Melatonin: Current status and future perspectives in plant science

Muhammad A. Nawaz, Yuan Huang, Zhilong Bie, Waqar Ahmed, Russel J. Reiter, Mengliang Niu, Saba Hameed

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Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) is a ubiquitous molecule with pleiotropic actions in different organisms. It performs many important functions in human, animals, and plants; these range from regulating circadian rhythms in animals to controlling senescence in plants. In this review, we summarize the available information regarding the presence of melatonin in different plant species, along with highlighting its biosynthesis and mechanisms of action. We also collected the available information on the effects of melatonin application on commercially important crops to improve their growth and development. Additionally, we have identified many new aspects where melatonin may yields, and the nutraceutical value of produce to solve food security issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1230
JournalFrontiers in Plant Science
Issue numberJAN2016
StatePublished - Jan 11 2016


  • Antioxidants
  • Biosynthesis
  • Melatonin
  • Physiological functions
  • Root growth
  • Stress tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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