Autophagy: a game changer for plant development and crop improvement

Sharma, I and Kirti, P B and Pati, P K (2022) Autophagy: a game changer for plant development and crop improvement. Planta, 256. ISSN 1432-2048

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Autophagy is a major intracellular trafficking pathway in eukaryotes involved in vacuolar degradation of cytoplasmic constituents, mis-folded proteins, and defective organelles. Under optimum conditions, autophagy operates at a basal level to maintain cellular homeostasis, but under stressed conditions, it is induced further to provide temporal stress relief. Our understanding of this highly dynamic process has evolved exponentially in the past few years with special reference to several plant-specific roles of autophagy. Here, we review the most recent advances in the field of autophagy in plants and discuss its potential implications in designing crops with improved stress and disease-tolerance, enhanced yield potential, and improved capabilities for producing metabolites of high economic value. We also assess the current knowledge gaps and the possible strategies to develop a robust module for biotechnological application of autophagy to enhance bioeconomy and sustainability of agriculture.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autophagy, Chlorophagy, Lipophagy, Crop Improvement, Endosomal trafficking, Growth and Development, Stress tolerance
Subjects: Others > Crop Improvement
Others > Plant Growth
Depositing User: Mr Nagaraju T
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2023 08:16
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2023 08:16
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Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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