The study of the biochemistry and physiology of ABA has undergone a renaissance in the 1980s. ABA was originally considered a growth inhibitor. We now know that it, like other plant hormones, has multiple roles during the life cycle of a plant. Each of its functions is determined developmentally and environmentally. ABA is ubiquitous in higher plants; it is also produced by certain algae (223, 224) and by several phytopathogenic fungi (46). Outside the plant kingdom, ABA has been found in the brains of several mammals (22,116),but this ABA may have originated from plants in the animals' diets rather than from synthesis in the brain. The last review on ABA in this series appeared in 1980 (231), and a comprehensive review of the biosynthesis and catabolism of ABA appeared in the same year (202). Since then, a book on ABA edited by Addicott (4) has been published, as well as a chapter emphasizing chemical aspects of ABA (83). Biosynthesis and catabolism of ABA have been dealt with in several conference and symposium volumes (71, 125, 153, 220, 221), as have the reviews describing mutants deficient in ABA have appeared recently various physiological roles of ABA (42,98,181, 190,191,207). Excellent
Annual Review of Plant Biology – Annual Reviews
Published: Jun 1, 1988
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