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Metal-binding molecule nicotianamine controls nutrient uptake in plants [Registered]

In order to survive, plants should take up neither too many nor too few minerals from the soil. New insights into how they operate this critical balance have now been published by biologists at the Ruhr-Universität in a series of three papers in the journal The Plant Cell. The researchers discovered novel functions of the metal-binding molecule nicotianamine. “The results are important for sustainable agriculture and also for people – to prevent health problems caused by deficiencies of vital nutrients in our diet” says Prof. Dr. Ute Krämer of the RUB Department of Plant Physiology. All organisms need iron, zinc,…

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