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The evolving role of abscisic acid in cell function and plant development over geological time


McAdam, SAM and Sussmilch, FC, The evolving role of abscisic acid in cell function and plant development over geological time, Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology pp. 1-7. ISSN 1084-9521 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.semcdb.2020.06.006


Abscisic acid (ABA) is found in a wide diversity of organisms, yet we know most about the hormonal action of this compound in the ecologically dominant and economically important angiosperms. In angiosperms, ABA regulates a suite of critical responses from desiccation tolerance through to seed dormancy and stomatal closure. Work exploring the function of key genes in the ABA signalling pathway of angiosperms has revealed that this signal transduction pathway is ancient, yet considerable change in the physiological roles of this hormone have occurred over geological time. With recent advances in our capacity to characterise gene function in non-angiosperms we are on the cusp of revealing the origins of this critical hormonal signalling pathway in plants, and understanding how a simple hormone may have shaped land plant diversity, ecology and adaptation over the past 500 million years.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:abscisic acid (ABA), stomata, evolution, land plants
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Biological adaptation
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:McAdam, SAM (Dr Scott McAdam)
UTAS Author:Sussmilch, FC (Dr Frances Sussmilch)
ID Code:141894
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DE200101133)
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2020-12-01
Last Modified:2021-03-16

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