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J Exp Bot. 2018 Mar 14;69(6):1335-1353. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ery069.

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

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1
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Givat Ram, Jerusalem, Israel.
2
Institute of Cellular and Molecular Botany, University of Bonn, Kirschallee, Bonn, Germany.
3
Department of Molecular Sciences, Uppsala BioCenter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center for Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden.
4
Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Am Mühlenberg, Potsdam-Golm, Germany.
5
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot Israel.
6
Department of Plant Biology, Uppsala BioCenter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Linnean Center of Plant Biology, Uppsala, Sweden.
7
Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Universitätsstrasse, Konstanz, Germany.
8
Cell Biology Pôle Imagerie-Gif, Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), CEA, CNRS, Université Paris-Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.
9
INRA-AgroParisTech, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, UMR1318, ERL CNRS 3559, Saclay Plant Sciences, Versailles, France.
10
Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CSIC-IRTA-UAB-UB), Bellaterra-Cerdanyola del Valles, Catalonia, Spain.
11
Departmento de Bioquímica, Biología Celular y Molecular de Plantas Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC, Granada, Spain.
12
Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Pawinskiego, Warsaw, Poland.
13
Pollen Biotechnology of Crop Plants group, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas, Biological Research Centre (CIB), CSIC, Ramiro de Maeztu, Madrid, Spain.
14
Université Catholique de Louvain, Institute of Life Sciences, Croix du Sud, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
29474677
DOI:
10.1093/jxb/ery069

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