When Air is in Short Supply – Shedding light on plant stress reactions when oxygen runs short

Like all living organisms, plants need oxygen to survive. The threat of being cut off from the air supply (hypoxia) looms large for plants in times of flood. Plants react to the threat by activating a specific survival program. For quite some time, scientists are familiar with the molecular mechanism of this stress program for animals and bacteria. However, the elucidation of plant reactions to hypoxia confounded scientists. At the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) in Halle and at the University of Oxford, experimental research provided the answers that closed the gaps in the existing hypotheses. In a paper published by Nature Communications, they share their results with us. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)