Learning from evolution: Thellungiella generates new knowledge on essential and critical components of abiotic stress tolerance in plants

Amtmann, A. (2009) Learning from evolution: Thellungiella generates new knowledge on essential and critical components of abiotic stress tolerance in plants. Molecular Plant, 2(1), pp. 3-12. (doi: 10.1093/mp/ssn094)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/mp/ssn094

Abstract

<i>Thellungiella salsuginea (halophila)</i> is a close relative of <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i> but, unlike <i>A. thaliana</i>, it grows well in extreme conditions of cold, salt, and drought as well as nitrogen limitation. Over the last decade, many laboratories have started to use <i>Thellungiella</i> to investigate the physiological, metabolic, and molecular mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance in plants, and new knowledge has been gained in particular with respect to ion transport and gene expression. The advantage of <i>Thellungiella</i> over other extremophile model plants is that it can be directly compared with <i>Arabidopsis</i>, and therefore generate information on both essential and critical components of stress tolerance. <i>Thellungiella</i> research is supported by a growing body of technical resources comprising physiological and molecular protocols, ecotype collections, expressed sequence tags, cDNA-libraries, microarrays, and a pending genome sequence. This review summarizes the current state of knowledge on <i>Thellungiella</i> and re-evaluates its usefulness as a model for research into plant stress tolerance

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Amtmann, Professor Anna
Authors: Amtmann, A.
Subjects:Q Science > QK Botany
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Molecular Plant
ISSN:1674-2052

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