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An Integrative Systems Perspective on Plant Phosphate Research

School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK
School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG25 0QF, UK
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Genes 2019, 10(2), 139;
Received: 22 January 2019 / Revised: 30 January 2019 / Accepted: 7 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Plant Nutrient Use efficiency)
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The case for improving crop phosphorus-use-efficiency is widely recognized. Although much is known about the molecular and regulatory mechanisms, improvements have been hampered by the extreme complexity of phosphorus (P) dynamics, which involves soil chemistry; plant-soil interactions; uptake, transport, utilization and remobilization within plants; and agricultural practices. The urgency and direction of phosphate research is also dependent upon the finite sources of P, availability of stocks to farmers and reducing environmental hazards. This work introduces integrative systems approaches as a way to represent and understand this complexity, so that meaningful links can be established between genotype, environment, crop traits and yield. It aims to provide a large set of pointers to potential genes and research practice, with a view to encouraging members of the plant-phosphate research community to adopt such approaches so that, together, we can aid efforts in global food security. View Full-Text
Keywords: phosphorus use efficiency; regulation of phosphate uptake; systems biology; mathematical modelling; global food security phosphorus use efficiency; regulation of phosphate uptake; systems biology; mathematical modelling; global food security

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