J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2016, Vol. 58 ›› Issue (3): 226-229.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12453

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Long-distance nitrate signaling displays cytokinin dependent and independent branches

Sandrine Ruffel1*, Arthur Poitout1, Gabriel Krouk1, Gloria M. Coruzzi2 and Benoit Lacombe1   

  1. 1Biochimie et Physiologie Moléculaire des Plantes, Institut de Biologie Intégrative des Plantes ‘Claude Grignon‘ UMR CNRS/INRA/SupAgro/UM, Place Pierre Viala, 34060 Montpellier cedex, France
    2Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Department of Biology, New York University, New York, NY 10003, USA


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.

Key words: Cytokinin, development, nitrate, root, systemic

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