Recommendations on terminology and experimental best practice associated with plant nitric oxide research

Jagadis Gupta Kapuganti, John T Hancock, Marek Petrivalsky, Zsuzsanna Kolbert, Christian Lindermayr, Jorg Durner, Juan B Barroso, José M Palma, Renaud Brouquisse, David Wendehenne, Francisco J Corpas, Gary J Loake

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Nitric oxide (NO) emerged as a key signal molecule in plants. During the last two decades impressive progress has been made in plant NO research. This small, redox-active molecule is now known to play an important role in plant immunity, stress responses, environmental interactions, plant growth and development. To more accurately and robustly establish the full spectrum of NO bioactivity in plants, it will be essential to apply methodological best practice. In addition, there are some instances of conflicting nomenclature within the field, which would benefit from standardisation. In this context, we attempt to provide some helpful guidance for best practice associated with NO research and also suggestions for the cognate terminology. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1828-1834
JournalNew Phytologist
Issue number5
Early online date3 Sep 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Sep 2019


  • Nitric Oxide
  • nitrate reductase
  • nitric oxide synthase
  • mitochondria
  • fluorescence
  • S-nitrosylation


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