Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Understanding plant responses to a limited nutrient environment

Recent work has increased the understanding of changes plant root mechanisms that occur as response to a limited environmental factor (water, nutrients, etc.). This work focused on two proteins involved in the changes of thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) root morphology, creating hair-like roots, in a phosphorus deficient environment. The hair-like roots are better at nutrient uptake and can increase a plants resilience to adverse conditions. The understanding of these proteins involved in the change in growth mechanisms can lead to possible genetic manipulation in future agricultural crops. With the changing climate and increase in global human populations, increasing agricultural resilience and productivity will be key to the survival of humanity.


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  1. That was a very interesting article! It is fascinating how resilient plants can be.

  2. its truly amazing what life can do on this planet!

  3. understanding of plant is an amazing thing since plant becoming more important since deforestation in south america becoming a huge problem