Opportunities for improving phosphorus-use efficiency in crop plants

Veneklaas, Erik J., Lambers, Hans, Bragg, Jason, Finnegan, Patrick M., Lovelock, Catherine E., Plaxton, William C., Price, Charles A., Scheible, Wolf-Ruediger, Shane, Michael W., White, Philip J. and Raven, John A. (2012) Opportunities for improving phosphorus-use efficiency in crop plants. New Phytologist, 195 2: 306-320. doi:10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04190.x

Author Veneklaas, Erik J.
Lambers, Hans
Bragg, Jason
Finnegan, Patrick M.
Lovelock, Catherine E.
Plaxton, William C.
Price, Charles A.
Scheible, Wolf-Ruediger
Shane, Michael W.
White, Philip J.
Raven, John A.
Title Opportunities for improving phosphorus-use efficiency in crop plants
Journal name New Phytologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-646X
Publication date 2012-07
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04190.x
Volume 195
Issue 2
Start page 306
End page 320
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Limitation of grain crop productivity by phosphorus (P) is widespread and will probably increase in the future. Enhanced P efficiency can be achieved by improved uptake of phosphate from soil (P-acquisition efficiency) and by improved productivity per unit P taken up (P-use efficiency). This review focuses on improved P-use efficiency, which can be achieved by plants that have overall lower P concentrations, and by optimal distribution and redistribution of P in the plant allowing maximum growth and biomass allocation to harvestable plant parts. Significant decreases in plant P pools may be possible, for example, through reductions of superfluous ribosomal RNA and replacement of phospholipids by sulfolipids and galactolipids. Improvements in P distribution within the plant may be possible by increased remobilization from tissues that no longer need it (e.g. senescing leaves) and reduced partitioning of P to developing grains. Such changes would prolong and enhance the productive use of P in photosynthesis and have nutritional and environmental benefits. Research considering physiological, metabolic, molecular biological, genetic and phylogenetic aspects of P-use efficiency is urgently needed to allow significant progress to be made in our understanding of this complex trait.
Keyword Crops
Harvest index
Phosphorus (P) fractions
Phosphorus-use efficiency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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