Journal article

K transport in plants: Physiology and molecular biology

Mark W Szczerba, Dev T Britto, Herbert J Kronzucker

JOURNAL OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY | ELSEVIER GMBH | Published : 2009

Abstract

Potassium (K(+)) is an essential nutrient and the most abundant cation in plant cells. Plants have a wide variety of transport systems for K(+) acquisition, catalyzing K(+) uptake across a wide spectrum of external concentrations, and mediating K(+) movement within the plant as well as its efflux into the environment. K(+) transport responds to variations in external K(+) supply, to the presence of other ions in the root environment, and to a range of plant stresses, via Ca(2+) signaling cascades and regulatory proteins. This review will summarize the molecular identities of known K(+) transporters, and examine how this information supports physiological investigations of K(+) transport and ..

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