Plant abiotic stress response and nutrient use efficiency

Zhizhong Gong, Liming XIONG, Huazhong Shi, Shuhua Yang, Luis R. Herrera-Estrella, Guohua Xu, Dai Yin Chao, Jingrui Li, Peng Yun Wang, Feng Qin, Jijang Li, Yanglin Ding, Yiting Shi, Yu Wang, Yongqing Yang, Yan Guo*, Jian Kang Zhu*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abiotic stresses and soil nutrient limitations are major environmental conditions that reduce plant growth, productivity and quality. Plants have evolved mechanisms to perceive these environmental challenges, transmit the stress signals within cells as well as between cells and tissues, and make appropriate adjustments in their growth and development in order to survive and reproduce. In recent years, significant progress has been made on many fronts of the stress signaling research, particularly in understanding the downstream signaling events that culminate at the activation of stress- and nutrient limitation-responsive genes, cellular ion homeostasis, and growth adjustment. However, the revelation of the early events of stress signaling, particularly the identification of primary stress sensors, still lags behind. In this review, we summarize recent work on the genetic and molecular mechanisms of plant abiotic stress and nutrient limitation sensing and signaling and discuss new directions for future studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-674
Number of pages40
JournalScience China Life Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • abiotic stress
  • Ca signaling
  • heavy metal
  • nutrient use efficiency
  • phosphorylation
  • ROS
  • sensing
  • signal transduction
  • transcription factor
  • transporter


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