Mechanisms to cope with arsenic or cadmium excess in plants

N. Verbruggen, C. Hermans, H. Schat

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    The metalloid arsenic and the heavy metal cadmium have no demonstrated biological function in plants. Both elements are highly toxic and of major concern with respect to their accumulation in soils, in the food-chain or in drinking water. Arsenate is taken up by phosphate transporters and rapidly reduced to arsenite, As(III). In reducing environments, As(III) is taken up by aquaporin nodulin 26-like intrinsic proteins. Cd
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)364-372
    JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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