Role of NRAMP transporters for Fe, mineral uptake, and accumulation in rice and other plants

Misbah Naz, Zhicong Dai, Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Ammar Raza, Shanshan Qi, Ying Sun, Xinning Shi, Daolin Du

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Iron (Fe) is the most important micronutrient responsible for the normal growth of plants. Conversely, overuse or uptake of Fe can lead to plant toxicity because it is an extremely combative Fenton catalyst. Fe is structural molecules in several enzymes and pigments, as a result, it plays an important role in plant physiology. An abundance of Fe can result in the generous formation of reactive oxygen species, which can be harmful to plants. Therefore the plants need to strictly control the Fe balance and react to the deficiency and excess of Fe. The availability of Fe to plants can impact the human by impacting food nutrition, including crop yields and Fe concentrations in edible tissues. For that reason, it is essential to note absorption and transport mechanism of Fe for the cultivation of more nutritious crops that are more resistant to iron deficit soils. The availability of Fe depends on soil types and climate conditions. The understanding of the mechanisms elaborated in access, transportation, and communication has grown as the field has progressed, and storage of iron is critical for crops. Therefore, through this chapter, we bring together the literature to understand the role of transporter Natural Resistance-Related Macrophage Protein (NRAMP) in Fe use efficiency and have proposed how the information can be useful for crop improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMetals and Metalloids in Soil-Plant-Water Systems
Subtitle of host publicationPhytophysiology and Remediation Techniques
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780323916752
ISBN (Print)9780323916912
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Iron (Fe)
  • NRAMP family
  • deficiency
  • toxicity
  • transport mechanism


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