Under zinc (Zn) deficiency, plants take up excess iron (Fe), but the uptake is inhibited under Zn excess. Coordination between intracellular recycling, transport, and sensing is essential for Zn–Fe homeostasis. A new study shows that autophagy resupplies Zn2+ and Fe2+ to correct intracellular Zn–Fe imbalances.
- Arabidopsis thaliana
- metal homeostasis