Potential Applications of Polyamines in Agriculture and Plant Biotechnology

The polyamines putrescine, spermidine and spermine have been implicated in a myriad of biological functions in many organisms

Antonio F. Tiburcio

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • The polyamines putrescine, spermidine and spermine have been implicated in a myriad of biological functions in many organisms
  • Research done during the last decades has accumulated a large body of evidence demonstrating that polyamines are key modulators of plant growth and development
  • Different experimental approaches have been employed including the measurement of endogenous polyamine levels and the activities of polyamine metabolic enzymes, the study of the effects resulting from exogenous polyamine applications and chemical or genetic manipulation of endogenous polyamine titers
  • This chapter reviews the role of PAs in seed germination, root development, plant architecture, in vitro plant regeneration, flowering and plant senescence
  • Evidence presented here indicates that polyamines should be regarded as plant growth regulators with potential applications in agriculture and plant biotechnology

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