With the aim to enhance the plant vitamin E content, the barley gene encoding 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase was overexpressed in tobacco plants under control of the 35S promoter. Transgenic lines have a higher capacity for homogentisate biosynthesis as evident by a more than 10-fold higher resistance towards the bleaching herbicide sulcotrione. Seeds from transgenic lines have an up to two-fold enhanced level of vitamin E without a change in the ratio of gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocotrienol. While the vitamin E content is not affected in leaves, the level of plastoquinone is enhanced in leaves of transgenic lines during leaf senescence.