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Soil salinity is one of the most commonly encountered environmental stresses affecting plant growth and crop productivity. Accordingly, plants have evolved a variety of morphological, physiological and biochemical strategies that enable them to adapt to saline growth conditions. For example, it has long been known that salinity-stress increases both the production of the gaseous stress hormone ethylene and the in planta accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Recently, there has been significant progress in understanding how the fine-tuning of ethylene biosynthesis and signaling transduction can promote salinity tolerance, and how salinity-induced ROS accumulation also acts as a signal in the mediation of salinity tolerance. Furthermore, recent advances have indicated that ethylene signaling modulates salinity responses largely via regulation of ROS-generating and ROS-scavenging mechanisms. This review focuses on these recent advances in understanding the linked roles of ethylene and ROS in salt tolerance.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s11103-016-0488-1

Type

Journal article

Journal

Plant Mol Biol

Publication Date

08/2016

Volume

91

Pages

651 - 659

Keywords

Ethylene, ROS, Salt stress, Salt tolerance, Ethylenes, Homeostasis, Reactive Oxygen Species, Signal Transduction, Sodium Chloride, Stress, Physiological