Autophagy-related approaches for improving nutrient use efficiency and crop yield protection

Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Frantisek Baluška, Peter V. Bozhkov, Pernilla H. Elander, Alisdair R. Fernie, Gad Galili, Ammar Hassan, Daniel Hofius, Erika Isono, Romain Le Bars, Céline Masclaux-Daubresse, Elena A. Minina, Hadas Peled-Zehavi, Núria S. Coll, Luisa M. Sandalio, Béatrice Satiat-Jeunemaitre, Agnieszka Sirko, Pilar S. Testillano, Henri Batoko*

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Autophagy is a eukaryotic catabolic pathway essential for growth and development. In plants, it is activated in response to environmental cues or developmental stimuli. However, in contrast to other eukaryotic systems, we know relatively little regarding the molecular players involved in autophagy and the regulation of this complex pathway. In the framework of the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) action TRANSAUTOPHAGY (2016-2020), we decided to review our current knowledge of autophagy responses in higher plants, with emphasis on knowledge gaps. We also assess here the potential of translating the acquired knowledge to improve crop plant growth and development in a context of growing social and environmental challenges for agriculture in the near future.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1335-1353
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number6
StatePublished - 14 Mar 2018

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  • Abiotic stress
  • Autophagy regulation
  • Biotic stress
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Phagophore initiation
  • Plant autophagy


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