The field of stress granules (SGs) has recently emerged in the study of the plant stress response, yet these structures, their dynamics and importance remain poorly characterized. There is currently a gap in our understanding of the physiological function of SGs during stress. Since there are only a few studies addressing SGs in planta, which are primarily focused on cytoplasmic SGs. The recent observation of SG-like foci in the chloroplast (cpSGs) of Arabidopsis thaliana opened even more questions regarding the role of these subcellular features. In this opinion article, we review the current knowledge of cpSGs and propose a workflow for the joint use of the long-established model organisms Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and A. thaliana to accelerate the evaluation of individual plant cpSGs components and their impact on stress responses. Finally, we present a short outlook and what we believe are the significant gaps that need to be addressed in the following years.
- abiotic stress
- liquid–liquid phase separation
- plant stress granules
- plant stress response
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Plant Science