Curr. Op. in Plant Biology (2012):  Epigenetic responses to stress: triple defense? | plant physiology |

Stressful conditions for plants can originate from numerous physical, chemical and biological factors, and plants have developed a plethora of survival strategies including developmental and morphological adaptations, specific signaling and defense pathways as well as innate and acquired immunity. While it has become clear in recent years that many stress responses involve epigenetic components, we are far from understanding the mechanisms and molecular interactions. Extending our knowledge is fundamental, not least for plant breeding and conservation biology. This review will highlight recent insights into epigenetic stress responses at the level of signaling, chromatin modification, and potentially heritable consequences.


Ruben Gutzat, Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid

Via Nicolas Denancé, GMI Vienna