Redox Strategies for Crop Improvement.

TitleRedox Strategies for Crop Improvement.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKerchev, P., B. De Smet, C. Waszczak, J. Messens, and F. Van Breusegem
JournalAntioxid Redox Signal
Date Published2015 Nov 10
KeywordsAnimals, Crop Production, Crops, Agricultural, Disease Resistance, Food Supply, Genetic Enhancement, Humans, Oxidation-Reduction, Oxidative Stress, Plant Proteins, Plants, Genetically Modified, Reactive Oxygen Species, Stress, Physiological

SIGNIFICANCE: Recently, the agro-biotech industry has been driven by overcoming the limitations imposed by fluctuating environmental stress conditions on crop productivity. A common theme among (a)biotic stresses is the perturbation of the redox homeostasis.RECENT ADVANCES: As a strategy to engineer stress-tolerant crops, many approaches have been centered on restricting the negative impact of reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation.CRITICAL ISSUES: In this study, we discuss the scientific background of the existing redox-based strategies to improve crop performance and quality. In this respect, a special focus goes to summarizing the current patent landscape because this aspect is very often ignored, despite constituting the forefront of applied research.FUTURE DIRECTIONS: The current increased understanding of ROS acting as signaling molecules has opened new avenues to exploit redox biology for crop improvement required for sustainable food security.

Alternate JournalAntioxid. Redox Signal.
PubMed ID26062101
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