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The Function of GABA in Plant Cell Growth, Development and Stress Response

Yue Jin1, Lulu Zhi1, Xin Tang1, Yilin Chen1, John T. Hancock2, Xiangyang Hu1,*

1 Shanghai Key Laboratory of Bio-Energy Crops, Research Center for Natural Products, Plant Science Center, School of Life Sciences, Shanghai University, Shanghai, 200444, China
2 School of Applied Sciences, College of Health, Science and Society, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

* Corresponding Author: Xiangyang Hu. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Abiotic and Biotic Stress Tolerance in Crop)

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2023, 92(8), 2211-2225.


Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a ubiquitous four-carbon non-protein amino acid that is involved in various physiological processes of plant growth and development, such as root architecture, stem elongation, leaf senescence, pollen tube growth, fruit ripening, and seed germination. GABA is also related to plant stress responses, such as drought, salt, cold, and heat stresses. Regulation of GABA in plant stress responses is complex and involves multiple signaling pathways, including calcium and hormone signaling. This paper systematically reviews the synthesis, metabolic pathways and regulatory role of GABA in plants, which will provide new insights into the understanding of plant growth and stress responses and offer novel strategies for improving crop productivity and stress.


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Jin, Y., Zhi, L., Tang, X., Chen, Y., Hancock, J. T. et al. (2023). The Function of GABA in Plant Cell Growth, Development and Stress Response. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 92(8), 2211–2225.

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