High-salinity stress affects plant growth and productivity. Here we report that the external application of ethanol enhances the high-salinity tolerance by detoxification of reactive oxygen species in Arabidopsis and rice. We expect that external application of ethanol to plants will be a useful, simple, and cheap way to enhance high-salinity tolerance in a variety of plants.
Research Area “Creation of essential technologies to utilize carbon dioxide as a resource through the enhancement of plant productivity and the exploitation of plant products”
Research Theme “Enhancement of Environmental Stress Adaptation and Production of Useful Biomass through Understanding of Epigenome Regulatory Networks in Plants”
Huong Mai Nguyen, Kaori Sako, Akihiro Matsui, Yuya Suzuki, Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Chien Van Ha, Maho Tanaka, Lam-Son Phan Tran, Yoshiki Habu and Motoaki Seki. “Ethanol Enhances High-salinity Stress Tolerance by Detoxifying Reactive Oxygen Species in Arabidopsis thaliana and Rice”. Frontiers in Plant Science, Published online 3 July 2017, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01001.
Motoaki Seki, Ph.D.
Team Leader, Plant Genomic Network Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science
Life Innovation Group, Department of Innovation Research, JST