Two functionally distinct members of the MATE (multi-drug and toxic compound extrusion) family of transporters potentially underlie two major aluminum tolerance QTLs in maize.

@article{Maron2010TwoFD,
  title={Two functionally distinct members of the MATE (multi-drug and toxic compound extrusion) family of transporters potentially underlie two major aluminum tolerance QTLs in maize.},
  author={Lyza G. Maron and Miguel A Pi{\~n}eros and C. Guimaraes and Jurandir Vieira Magalhaes and Jennifer K Pleiman and Chuanzao Mao and Jon E. Shaff and Silvia N J Belicuas and Leon V Kochian},
  journal={The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={61 5},
  pages={728-40}
}
Crop yields are significantly reduced by aluminum (Al) toxicity on acidic soils, which comprise up to 50% of the world's arable land. Al-activated release of ligands (such as organic acids) from the roots is a major Al tolerance mechanism in plants. In maize, Al-activated root citrate exudation plays an important role in tolerance. However, maize Al tolerance is a complex trait involving multiple genes and physiological mechanisms. Recently, transporters from the MATE family have been shown to… CONTINUE READING
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