Strategies for engineering improved nitrogen use efficiency in crop plants via redistribution and recycling of organic nitrogen
KAUST DepartmentBiological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division
Center for Desert Agriculture
The Salt Lab
Embargo End Date2022-09-22
Permanent link to this recordhttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/672009
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AbstractGlobal use of nitrogen (N) fertilizers has increased sevenfold from 1960 to 1995 but much of the N applied is lost to the environment. Modifying the temporal and spatial distribution of organic N within the plant can lead to improved grain yield and/or grain protein content for the same or reduced N fertilizer inputs. Biotechnological approaches to modify whole plant distribution of amino acids and ureides has proven successful in several crop species. Manipulating selective autophagy pathways in crops has also improved N remobilization efficiency to sink tissues whilst the contribution of ribophagy, RNA and purine catabolism to N recycling in crops is still too early to foretell. Improved recycling and remobilization of N must exploit N-stress responsive transcriptional regulators, N-sensing or phloem-localized promotors and genetic variation for N-responsive traits.
CitationMelino, V. J., Tester, M. A., & Okamoto, M. (2022). Strategies for engineering improved nitrogen use efficiency in crop plants via redistribution and recycling of organic nitrogen. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 73, 263–269. doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2021.09.003
SponsorsWe thank King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for funding this work. We also thank the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Wheat in a Hot and Dry Climate at the Waite Research Institute of the University of Adelaide.
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