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Understanding a mechanistic basis of ABA involvement in plant adaptation to soil flooding: the current standing

Zhao, Y, Zhang, W, Abou-Elwafa, SF, Shabala, S ORCID: 0000-0003-2345-8981 and Xu, L 2021 , 'Understanding a mechanistic basis of ABA involvement in plant adaptation to soil flooding: the current standing' , Plants, vol. 10 , doi:

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Soil flooding severely impairs agricultural crop production. Plants can cope with flooding conditions by embracing an orchestrated set of morphological adaptations and physiological adjustments that are regulated by the elaborated hormonal signaling network. The most prominent of these hormones is ethylene, which has been firmly established as a critical signal in flooding tolerance. ABA (abscisic acid) is also known as a “stress hormone” that modulates various responses to abiotic stresses; however, its role in flooding tolerance remains much less established. Here, we discuss the progress made in the elucidation of morphological adaptations regulated by ABA and its crosstalk with other phytohormones under flooding conditions in model plants and agriculturally important crops.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Zhao, Y and Zhang, W and Abou-Elwafa, SF and Shabala, S and Xu, L
Keywords: ABA, phytohormones, flooding, abscisic acid, phytohormones, morphological adaptations, flooding stress
Journal or Publication Title: Plants
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 2223-7747
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