Magnesium transporters and their role in Al tolerance in plants

Zhi Chang Chen, Jian Feng Ma

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Magnesium (Mg) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth, which has diverse biological functions. However, little is known about the transport system of this nutrient in plants. In the genome of plants such as rice and Arabidopsis, there are homologues of bacterial Mg transporters (CorA) and some of them have been functionally characterized, but the physiological role of these transporters are poorly understood. On the other hand, Mg is able to alleviate Al toxicity in a number of plant species, but the mechanisms underlying this alleviation are not well understood. Recently, this alleviation has been associated with a Mg transporter in rice. In this paper, we present our opinions on Mg transporters, which are required for uptake, translocation, distribution and storage in plants. Possible mechanisms for Mg-mediated alleviation of Al toxicity are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalPlant and Soil
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013


  • Al tolerance
  • Magnesium
  • OsMGT1
  • Transporter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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