Recent advances in unraveling the mystery of combined nutrient stress in plants

Megan DeLoose, Joaquin Clúa, Huikyong Cho, Luqing Zheng, Khaled Masmoudi, Thierry Desnos, Gabriel Krouk, Laurent Nussaume, Yves Poirier, Hatem Rouached

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Efficiently regulating growth to adapt to varying resource availability is crucial for organisms, including plants. In particular, the acquisition of essential nutrients is vital for plant development, as a shortage of just one nutrient can significantly decrease crop yield. However, plants constantly experience fluctuations in the presence of multiple essential mineral nutrients, leading to combined nutrient stress conditions. Unfortunately, our understanding of how plants perceive and respond to these multiple stresses remains limited. Unlocking this mystery could provide valuable insights and help enhance plant nutrition strategies. This review focuses specifically on the regulation of phosphorous homeostasis in plants, with a primary emphasis on recent studies that have shed light on the intricate interactions between phosphorous and other essential elements, such as nitrogen, iron, and zinc, as well as non-essential elements like aluminum and sodium. By summarizing and consolidating these findings, this review aims to contribute to a better understanding of how plants respond to and cope with combined nutrient stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1764-1780
Number of pages17
JournalPlant Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2024


  • aluminum
  • iron
  • nitrogen
  • nutrient homeostasis
  • phosphate
  • stress combination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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