Apium graveolens L. (2n = 2x = 22), a globally important crop, is a popular herb and vegetable. In addition to being an important vegetable, celery has many pharmacologically active compounds, including flavonoids, volatile oils, unsaturated fatty acids and others. It is rich in coumarins and their derivatives, having prominent roles in defending against pathogens and multiple pharmaceutical activities, such as anticoagulation, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Scientific classitication

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Apium

Common Name



Song, X., Sun, P., Yuan, J., Gong, K., Li, N., Meng, F., Zhang, Z., Li, X., Hu, J., Wang, J., Yang, Q., Jiao, B., Nie, F., Liu, T., Chen, W., Feng, S., Pei, Q., Yu, T., Kang, X., Zhao, W., … Wang, X. (2020). The celery genome sequence reveals sequential paleo-polyploidizations, karyotype evolution and resistance gene reduction in apiales. Plant biotechnology journal, 10.1111/pbi.13499. Advance online publication.

Jun Sheng | Yang Dong

State Key Laboratory of Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources in Yunnan, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming, China