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Reciprocal Interactions between Cadmium-Induced Cell Wall Responses and Oxidative Stress in Plants
What is this paper reviewing?
Cadmium (Cd) is a toxic heavy metal commonly found in industrial workplaces, particularly where any ore is being processed or smelted and high Cd levels can remain in soils for many years. In this review, Huybrechts et al. (2017) summarised studies relating to crop uptake of Cd and how Cd affects plant physiology and production.
Why should you read it?
This could be of interest as a better understanding of Cadmium uptake could result in higher crop productivity and yield, both through improved resistance to Cd toxicity and improved strategies for remediation of soils with high Cd levels. The reviewers found evidence that long-term Cd exposure was linked to increased production of lignin in plant cells and in chamomile plants (Matricaria chamomilla). These species are known to be hyper-accumulators of Cd. The research suggests that the roots showed increases in lignin after seven days of exposure and this resulted in resistance to Cd toxicity.
This paper was summarised by Luke Stafford (Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours – Botany and Genetics Majors (La Trobe University) and reviewed by Nickala Best (PhD Student (La Trobe University). Learn more about Luke and Nickala here.