Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 201–209 | Cite as

Recent advances in molecular events of fruit abscission

  • R. J. Xie
  • L. Deng
  • L. Jing
  • S. L. He
  • Y. T. Ma
  • S. L. Yi
  • Y. Q. Zheng
  • L. Zheng


It is widely accepted that fruit abscission is a highly regulated developmental process that is both influenced and activated in response to changing environment and plays crucial roles in the health and reproductive success of plants. Recent evidences showed that numerous genes related to metabolic and signalling pathways were coordinately implicated in regulating fruit abscission. Cross talks within hormones, between saccharides and hormones, as well as between polyamines and ethylene result in synergetic or antagonistic interactions which together play an important role in adjusting fruit abscission. Although hormones are the most studied internal factors related to abscission, the role of saccharides and polyamines during fruit abscission is emerging now. The characterizations of the molecular mechanisms of regulating fruit abscission are essential to develop effective strategies for controlling this process in plants.

Additional key words

abscisic acid cross talk ethylene gibberellic acid indole acetic acid jasmonic acid polyamines saccharides 



abscisic acid


1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid


1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase


1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid synthase


arginine decarboxylase




amplified fragment length polymorphism




abscission zone




diamine oxidase


decarboxylated S-adenosyl methionine








indole acetic acid






lipid transfer protein






naphthaleneacetic acid


nitric oxide


ornithine decarboxylase




polyamine oxidase


polar auxin transport




phospholipase A2




reactive oxygen species


S-adenosyl methionine


S-adenosyl methionine decarboxylase


D-sorbitol-6-phosphate dehydrogenase




spermidine synthase




transcription factors




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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Xie
    • 1
  • L. Deng
    • 1
  • L. Jing
    • 3
  • S. L. He
    • 1
  • Y. T. Ma
    • 4
  • S. L. Yi
    • 1
  • Y. Q. Zheng
    • 1
  • L. Zheng
    • 2
  1. 1.Citrus Research InstituteSouthwest UniversityChongqingP.R. China
  2. 2.College of Life Science and TechnologyChongqing University of Arts and SciencesChongqingP.R. China
  3. 3.College of Horticulture and Landscape ArchitectureSouthwest UniversityChongqingP.R.China
  4. 4.Department of HorticultureZhejiang UniversityHangzhouP.R.China

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