Submitted to: Plant Physiology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2004
Publication Date: September 1, 2004
Citation: Hirschi, K. 2004. The calcium conundrum. Both versatile nutrient and specific signal. Plant Physiology. 136:2338-2342. Interpretive Summary: Not required for a review article.
Technical Abstract: Versatility and specificity are usually mutually exclusive terms. However, as we discull calcium's role in plant nutrition, we are obliged to contrast the plethora of general 'housekeeping' functions of this element against the ability of calcium (CA2+)to impart signaling specificity during biological responses . Plants have evolved to rely on the unique properties of Ca2+ for a range of structural, enzymatic and signaling functions. In this brief udpate, I will attempt to touch upon the various roles of Ca2+ in plant nutrition, growth and development.