A Cd/Fe/Zn-responsive phytochelatin synthase is constitutively present in the ancient liverwort Lunularia cruciata (L.) dumort.

@article{Degola2014ACP,
  title={A Cd/Fe/Zn-responsive phytochelatin synthase is constitutively present in the ancient liverwort Lunularia cruciata (L.) dumort.},
  author={Francesca Degola and Maria De Benedictis and Alessandro Petraglia and Alberto Massimi and L Fattorini and Sergio Sorbo and Adriana Basile and Luigi Sanit{\`a} di Toppi},
  journal={Plant & cell physiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={55 11},
  pages={
          1884-91
        }
}
Lunularia cruciata occupies a very basal position in the phylogenetic tree of liverworts, which in turn have been recognized as a very early clade of land plants. It would therefore seem appropriate to take L. cruciata as the startingpoint for investigating character evolution in plants' metal(loid) response. One of the strongest evolutionary pressures for land colonization by plants has come from potential access to much greater amounts of nutritive ions from surface rocks, compared to water… CONTINUE READING
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