The role of sulfur assimilation and sulfur-containing compounds in trace element homeostasis in plants

GunNam Na, David E. Salt

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Sulfur assimilation and production of sulfur-containing compounds are essential biological activities that play critical roles in many biological processes, including the role of sulfur containing compounds such as glutathione and phytochelatin in trace element homeostasis in plants. This review will discuss the role of sulfur assimilation and the biosynthesis of sulfur containing compounds in both mechanisms of trace element hyperaccumulation and heavy metal stress responses in plants. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalEnvironmental and Experimental Botany
Issue number1
Early online date14 Apr 2010
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • sulfur assimilation
  • hyperaccumulation
  • metal resistance
  • hyperaccumulator thlaspi-caerulescens
  • gamma-glutamyclysteine synthetase
  • affinity sulfate transporter
  • ray-absorption spectroscopy
  • sedum-alfredii hance
  • streptanthus-polygaloides brassicaceae
  • arabidopsis phytochelatin synthase
  • metabolite-profiling analyses
  • gene-expression analysis
  • long-distance transport

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