Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2016, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (6): 859-862.DOI: 10.11983/CBB16011

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Roles of Autophagy in Plant Programmed Cell Death

Xiao Huang, Faqiang Li*   

  1. College of Life Sciences, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642
  • Received:2016-01-15 Accepted:2016-05-23 Online:2016-11-01 Published:2016-12-02
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Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation process in eukaryotes, whereby cytoplasmic material is sequestered in vesicles and delivered to the lysosome or vacuole for breakdown. In plants, autophagy functions as a major route to recycle nutrients during cell or tissue remodeling, to clear unwanted or damaged proteins and organelles, and for better survival under environmental stresses. Here, we review recent data on the roles of autophagy in programmed cell death of various plants.