Long‐distance nitrate signaling displays cytokinin dependent and independent branches

Research paper by Sandrine Ruffel, Arthur Poitout, Gabriel Krouk, Gloria M. Coruzzi, Benoit Lacombe

Indexed on: 09 Mar '16Published on: 23 Feb '16Published in: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology


The long‐distance signaling network allowing a plant to properly develop its root system is crucial to optimize root foraging in areas where nutrients are available. Cytokinin is an essential element of the systemic signaling network leading to the enhancement of lateral root proliferation in areas where nitrate is available. Here, we explore more precisely: (i) which particular traits of lateral root growth (density and length of emerged lateral roots) are the targets of systemic signaling in a context of heterogeneous nitrate supply; and (ii) if the systemic signaling depends only on cytokinin or on a combination of several signalings.