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Gong L.,Nan Jing Forestry University | Yang Y.-J.,Nan Jing Forestry University | Zhou J.,Nan Jing Forestry University
Biologia Plantarum | Year: 2012

Branching is an important step in higher plant development, which not only determines the configuration of the plant directly, but also affects its adaptability to the environment. The interactions between hormones, genes, environmental and other factors subtly regulate the process of branching. Strigolactone is a newly recognized phytohormone and its content and distribution might be a key factor affecting branching. This review is focused on the genes related to synthesis and transduction pathway of strigolactone, and summarizes the inhibitory role of strigolactone in plant branching. Discussions about the issues to be clarified and prospects of the future research were also proposed. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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