Metabolic engineering of osmoprotectant accumulation in plants.

  title={Metabolic engineering of osmoprotectant accumulation in plants.},
  author={Denis Rontein and Gilles Basset and Andrew D. Hanson},
  journal={Metabolic engineering},
  volume={4 1},
Drought and salinity are among the worst scourges of agriculture. One effective mechanism to reduce damage from these stresses is the accumulation of high intracellular levels of osmoprotectant compounds. These compounds include proline, ectoine, betaines, polyols, and trehalose and have evolved in many different organisms. Since some crop plants have low levels of these osmoprotectants or none at all, engineering osmoprotectant biosynthesis pathways is a potential way to improve stress… CONTINUE READING

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