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Melatonin (N-acetyl-5-methoxytryptamine) was discovered in plants in 1995; since then numerous functions have been attributed to this molecule in vascular plants. In addition to its recognized role as a universal antioxidant, other relevant functions have been studied in plants such as its rhizogenic- and vegetative-growth effects, protection against leaf senescence and influences on photosynthesis and on the stomatal apparatus. Also, melatonin has a protective role in stress situations (bioticdoi:10.32794/11250036 fatcat:uzftj2nvtfavzbdpdhun6fh4te