Phosphate (Pi) and its anhydrides constitute
major nodes in metabolism. Thus, plant performance depends directly on
Pi nutrition. Inadequate Pi availability in the rhizosphere is a common
challenge to plants, which activate metabolic and developmental
responses to maximize Pi usage and acquisition. The sensory mechanisms
that monitor environmental Pi and transmit the nutritional signal to
adjust root development have increasingly come into focus. Recent
transcriptomic analyses and genetic approaches have highlighted complex
antagonistic interactions between external Pi and Fe bioavailability and
have implicated the stem cell niche as a target of Pi sensing to
regulate root meristem activity.
Delker, C.; Quint, M. Expression level polymorphisms: heritable traits shaping natural variation Trends Plant Sci 16, 481-488, (2011) DOI: 10.1016/j.tplants.2011.05.009
Natural accessions of many species harbor a wealth of genetic variation visible in a large array of phenotypes. Although expression level polymorphisms (ELPs) in several genes have been shown to contribute to variation in diverse traits, their general impact on adaptive variation has likely been underestimated. At present, ELPs have predominantly been correlated to quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) that occupy central hubs in signaling networks, which pleiotropically affect numerous traits. To increase the sensitivity of detecting minor effect eQTLs or those that act in a trait-specific manner, we emphasize the need for more systematic approaches. This requires, but is not limited to, refining experimental designs such as reduction of tissue complexity and combinatorial methods including a priori defined networks.