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Front. Plant Sci., 24 May 2016 |

Corrigendum: Melatonin: Current Status and Future Perspectives in Plant Science

  • 1Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, College of Horticulture and Forestry Sciences, Huazhong Agricultural University, Ministry of Education, Wuhan, China
  • 2Department of Horticulture, University College of Agriculture, University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan
  • 3Sector Advisor-Horticulture, USAID-CNFA, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 4Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA

A corrigendum on
Melatonin: Current Status and Future Perspectives in Plant Science

by Nawaz, M. A., Huang, Y., Bie, Z., Ahmed, W., Reiter, R. J., Niu, M., et al. (2016). Front. Plant Sci. 6:1230. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01230


The readers are informed that the text given in the biosynthesis section of originally published article (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.01230) at line number 20–30 of page number two is not definitive and has very limited scientific evidence, so it should not be considered.

Some steps illustrated in originally published Figure 1, like the conversion of tryptamine to Indo-3-acetaldehyde and indole acetic acid (IAA), and direct conversion of serotonin to melatonin by SNAT are not definitive, as they have very limited scientific evidence. So these steps should not be considered the part of originally published Figure 1.


Figure 1. Biosynthesis of melatonin. The red arrows identify the preferred pathway in plants while the black arrows identify the major pathway in animals. TDC, tryptophan decarboxylase; T5H, tryptophan 5-hydroxylase; SNAT, serotonin N-acetyltransferase; HIOMT, hydroxyindole-O-methyltransferase [also known as acetyl serotonin methyl transferase (ASMT)]. Modified from Arnao and Hernandez-Ruiz (2014).

Author Contributions

All authors listed, have made substantial, direct, and intellectual contribution to the work, and approved it for publication.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


Arnao, M. B., and Hernandez-Ruiz, J. (2014). Melatonin: plant growth regulator and/or biostimulator during stress? Trends Plant Sci. 19, 789–797. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2014.07.006

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Keywords: melatonin, biosynthesis, physiological functions, antioxidants, root growth, stress tolerance

Citation: Nawaz MA, Huang Y, Bie Z, Ahmed W, Reiter RJ, Niu M and Hameed S (2016) Corrigendum: Melatonin: Current Status and Future Perspectives in Plant Science. Front. Plant Sci. 7:714. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00714

Received: 22 April 2016; Accepted: 09 May 2016;
Published: 24 May 2016.

Edited and reviewed by: Haitao Shi, Hainan University, China

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*Correspondence: Zhilong Bie,

These authors have contributed equally to this work.