Chin J Plant Ecol ›› 2023, Vol. 47 ›› Issue (3): 291-305.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2021.0451

• Review •     Next Articles

Plant phosphorus acquisition mechanisms and their response to global climate changes

HE Min1, XU Qiu-Yue1, XIA Yun1, YANG Liu-Ming1,2, FAN Yue-Xin1,2,*(), YANG Yu-Sheng1,2   

  1. 1School of Geographical Sciences, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, China
    2State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Mountain Ecology Cultivation Base, Institute of Geography, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350007, China
  • Received:2021-12-06 Accepted:2022-06-06 Online:2023-03-20 Published:2023-02-28
  • Contact: FAN Yue-Xin
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(41977090);National Natural Science Foundation of China(32171587);Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province(2019J01676);Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province(2019R10026)


Phosphorus (P) is an essential but limited nutrient for plant growth, and global climate changes may affect soil P cycling and further aggravate P limitations in the soil. In this review, we focused on the response of plant P acquisition strategies to climate changes and subsequent influences on ecosystem productivity. By searching and analyzing the existing literatures, we summarized the P acquisition mechanism of plants and their response to global climate changes from following aspects: 1) plant P starvation response mechanisms; 2) plant P acquisition pathways and strategies; 3) involvements of soil microorganisms in plant P utilization; and 4) responses of plant P acquisition strategies to global climate changes (e.g., warming, nitrogen deposition and precipitation changes) and the underlying mechanisms. The review is expected to deepen our understanding of plant adaptation to low-P stress under the future climate scenario, and can also provide a theoretical basis for nutrient management in agriculture.

Key words: phosphorus cycling, microorganism, plant, phosphorus starvation response, global change