Tackling drought stress: receptor-like kinases present new approaches

Alex Marshall, Reidunn B Aalen, Dominique Audenaert, Tom Beeckman, Martin R Broadley, Melinka A Butenko, Ana I Caño-Delgado, Sacco de Vries, Thomas Dresselhaus, Georg Felix, Neil S Graham, John Foulkes, Christine Granier, Thomas Greb, Ueli Grossniklaus, John P Hammond, Renze Heidstra, Charlie Hodgman, Michael Hothorn, Dirk InzéLars Ostergaard, Eugenia Russinova, Rüdiger Simon, Aleksandra Skirycz, Yvonne Stahl, Cyril Zipfel, Ive 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
Number of pages17
JournalThe Plant Cell
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012


  • Arabidopsis
  • Droughts
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Protein Biosynthesis
  • Protein Kinases
  • Research Design
  • Stress, Physiological

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