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Acta Biochim Pol. 2001;48(3):673-86.

Effect of aluminium on plant growth and metabolism.

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  • Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University of PoznaƄ, Poland. mossor@main.amu.edu.pl


Aluminium toxicity is one of the major factors that limit plant growth and development in many acid soils. Root cells plasma membrane, particularly of the root apex, seems to be a major target of Al toxicity. However, strong interaction of Al3+, the main Al toxic form, with oxygen donor ligands (proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides) results in the inhibition of cell division, cell extension, and transport. Although the identification of Al tolerance genes is under way, the mechanism of their expression remains obscure.

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