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Revisiting the Basal Role of ABA – Roles Outside of Stress
- Yoshida, Takuya, Christmann, Alexander, Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, Kazuko, Grill, Erwin, Fernie, Alisdair R.
- Trends in plant science 2019 v.24 no.7 pp. 625-635
- abscisic acid, gene expression, growth and development, metabolism, plant development, plant response, stomatal movement, water shortages
- The physiological roles of abscisic acid (ABA) as a stress hormone in plant responses to water shortage, including stomatal regulation and gene expression, have been well documented. However, less attention has been paid to the function of basal ABA synthesized under well-watered conditions in recent studies. In this review, we summarize progress in the understanding of how low concentrations of ABA are perceived at the molecular level and how its signaling affects plant metabolism and growth under nonstressed conditions. We also discuss the dual nature of ABA in acting as an inhibitor and activator of plant growth and development.