Tackling drought stress: receptor-like kinases present new approaches

A. Marshall, R.B. Aalen, D. Audenaert, T. Beeckman, M.R. Broadley, M.A. Butenko, A.I. Caño-Delgado, S.C. de Vries, T. Dresselhaus, G. Felix, N.S. Graham, J. Foulkes, C. Granier, T. Greb, U. Grossniklaus, J.P. Hammond, R. Heidstra, C. Hodgman, M. Hothorn, D. InzéL. Østergaard, E.T. Russinova, R. Simon, A. Skirycz, Y. Stahl, C. Zipfel, I. De Smet

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Global climate change and a growing population require tackling the reduction in arable land and improving biomass production and seed yield per area under varying conditions. One of these conditions is suboptimal water availability. Here, we review some of the classical approaches to dealing with plant response to drought stress and we evaluate how research on RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASES (RLKs) can contribute to improving plant performance under drought stress. RLKs are considered as key regulators of plant architecture and growth behavior, but they also function in defense and stress responses. The available literature and analyses of available transcript profiling data indeed suggest that RLKs can play an important role in optimizing plant responses to drought stress. In addition, RLK pathways are ideal targets for nontransgenic approaches, such as synthetic molecules, providing a novel strategy to manipulate their activity and supporting translational studies from model species, such as Arabidopsis thaliana, to economically useful crops.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2262-2278
JournalThe Plant Cell
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • brassinosteroid signal-transduction
  • molecular interaction database
  • lateral root development
  • water-limited conditions
  • length cdna microarray
  • arabidopsis-thaliana
  • abiotic stress
  • gene-expression
  • brassica-napus
  • improves drought


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