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Q&A: What are strigolactones and why are they important to plants and soil microbes?


Smith, SM, Q&A: What are strigolactones and why are they important to plants and soil microbes?, BMC Biology, 12 Article 19. ISSN 1741-7007 (2014) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/1741-7007-12-19


What are strigolactones? Strigolactones are signaling compounds made by plants. They have two main functions: first, as endogenous hormones to control plant development, and second as components of root exudates to promote symbiotic interactions between plants and soil microbes. Some plants that are parasitic on other plants have established a third function, which is to stimulate germination of their seeds when in close proximity to the roots of a suitable host plant. It is this third function that led to the original discovery and naming of strigolactones.

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Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:strigolactones, plants, soil microbes, signals
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Smith, SM (Professor Steven Smith)
ID Code:101329
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-06-17
Last Modified:2018-01-19
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