Catharanthus roseus (Vinca rosea): In Vitro Production of Brassinosteroids

  • A. Sakurai
  • S. Fujioka
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 37)


Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don (= Vinca rosea L. = Lochnera rosea Reichenb.), commonly called the Madagascar periwinkle, belongs to the family Apocynaceae. It is native to Madagascar, being a slightly woody herb with pink or white flowers 3–4 cm wide and with 2–2.5 cm pod length. The plant is now widely grown from tropical areas to the temperate zone as a popular ornamental plant, and is also known as a medicinal plant effective against symptoms such as anemia, diarrhea, diabetes, and leukemia. It is one of the most important plants as a valuable source of the secondary metabolites, Vinca alkaloids.


Plant Sterol Vinca Alkaloid Crown Gall V208 Cell Nontransformed Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Sakurai
  • S. Fujioka
    • 1
  1. 1.The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)Wako-shi, SaitamaJapan

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