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Tackling drought stress: receptor-like kinases present new approaches.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Marshall Alex, Aalen Reidunn B, Audenaert Dominique, Beeckman Tom, Broadley Martin R, Butenko Melinka A, Caño-Delgado Ana I, de Vries Sacco, Dresselhaus Thomas, Felix Georg, Graham Neil S, Foulkes John, Granier Christine, Greb Thomas, Grossniklaus Ueli, Hammond John P, Heidstra Renze, Hodgman Charlie, Hothorn Michael, Inzé Dirk, Ostergaard Lars, Russinova Eugenia, Simon Rüdiger, Skirycz Aleksandra, Stahl Yvonne,
Project The genetic and molecular basis of gametogenesis and maternal effects in arabidopsis
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal The Plant cell
Volume (Issue) 24(6)
Page(s) 2262 - 78
Title of proceedings The Plant cell
DOI 10.1105/tpc.112.096677


Global climate change and a growing population require tackling the reduction in arable land and improving biomass production and seed yield per area under varying conditions. One of these conditions is suboptimal water availability. Here, we review some of the classical approaches to dealing with plant response to drought stress and we evaluate how research on RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASES (RLKs) can contribute to improving plant performance under drought stress. RLKs are considered as key regulators of plant architecture and growth behavior, but they also function in defense and stress responses. The available literature and analyses of available transcript profiling data indeed suggest that RLKs can play an important role in optimizing plant responses to drought stress. In addition, RLK pathways are ideal targets for nontransgenic approaches, such as synthetic molecules, providing a novel strategy to manipulate their activity and supporting translational studies from model species, such as Arabidopsis thaliana, to economically useful crops.