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Aluminium toxicity in acid soils having pH below 5.5, affects the production of staple food crops, vegetables and cash crops worldwide. About 50% of the world’s potentially arable lands are acidic. It is trivalent cationic form i.e. Al3+ that limits the plant’s growth. Absorbed Aluminium inhibits root elongation and adversely affects plant growth. Recently researches have been conducted to understand the mechanism of Aluminium toxicity and resistance which is important for stable food production in future. Aluminium resistance depends on the ability of the plant to tolerate Aluminium in symplast or to exclude it to soil. Physiological and molecular basis of Aluminium toxicity and resistance mechanism are important to understand for developing genetically engineered plants for Al toxicity resistance. This paper provides an overview of the state of art in this field.


Aluminium Toxicity; Acid Soils; Malate; Citrate; Wheat; Field Crops

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N. Gupta, S. Gaurav and A. Kumar -Molecular Basis of Aluminium Toxicity in Plants: A Review,- American Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 4 No. 12C, 2013, pp. 21-37. doi: 10.4236-ajps.2013.412A3004.

Autor: Nidhi Gupta, Shailendra Singh Gaurav, Ashwani Kumar



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