Zn uptake and translocation in rice plants

Yasuhiro Ishimaru, Khurram Bashir, Naoko K. Nishizawa

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Zinc (Zn) is an essential micronutrient with numerous cellular functions in plants, and its deficiency represents one of the most serious problems in human nutrition worldwide. Zn deficiency causes a decrease in plant growth and yield. On the other hand, Zn could be toxic if excess amounts are accumulated. Therefore, the uptake and transport of Zn must be strictly regulated. In this review, the dominant fluxes of Zn in soil-root-shoot translocation in rice plants (Oryza sativa) are described, including Zn uptake from soils in the form of Zn 2+ and Zn-DMA at the root surface, and Zn translocation to shoots. Knowledge of these fluxes could be helpful to formulate genetic and physiologic strategies to address the widespread problem of Zn-limited crop growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Metal transport
  • Rice
  • Zn

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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