RIKEN’s Plant Science Center has determined that nitrate transporter 2.4 (NRT2.4) in Arabidopsis has a role in nitrate uptake under low external supply. This finding was a result of joint research effort between Dr. Takatoshi Kiba (Research Scientist) under Group Director Dr. Hitoshi Sakakibara from RIKEN PSC, Dr. Anthony Miller (Senior Scientist) from the John Innes Centre, and Dr. Anne Krapp (Associate Group Leader) from French National Institute for Agricultural Research.
This research could contribute to the development of crops that can maintain high productivity with less fertilizer, making way for low-input sustainable agriculture and reduction of the environmental damage resulting from fertilizer pollution.
The above research finding will be published soon in the online version ofThe Plant Cell.
Takatoshi Kiba, Ana-Belen Feria-Bourrellier, Florence Lafouge, Lina Lezhneva, Stéphanie Boutet-Mercey, Mathilde Orsel, Virginie Bréhaut, Anthony Miller, Françoise Daniel-Vedele, Hitoshi Sakakibara, and Anne Krapp “The Arabidopsis Nitrate Transporter NRT2.4 Plays a Double Role in Roots and Shoots of Nitrogen-starved Plants”. The Plant Cell, doi:10.1105/tpc.111.092221