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Record number 403499
Title Strigolactone and root infestation by parasitic plants.
Author(s) Cardoso, C.; Ruyter-Spira, C.P.; Bouwmeester, H.J.
Source Plant Science 180 (2011)3. - ISSN 0168-9452 - p. 414 - 420.
Department(s) Laboratory of Plant Physiology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi - f-box protein - germination stimulants - seed-germination - phosphorus deficiency - hermonthica - sorghum - host - resistance - witchweed
Abstract Strigolactones are signaling molecules that play a role in host recognition by parasitic plants of the Striga, Orobanche and Phelipanche genera which are among the most detrimental weeds in agriculture. The same class of molecules is also involved in the establishment of the symbiosis of plants with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. In addition, the strigolactones are being shown to be involved in an increasing number of physiological processes in plants, such as the regulation of plant architecture and the response to abiotic factors such as nutrient availability and light. These new findings suggest that biosynthesis and perception of strigolactones are conserved throughout the plant kingdom. The structural variation in the strigolactones discovered so far and its possible role in host recognition by the parasites and AM fungi as well as the evolution of strigolactone-dependent-germination in parasitic plants will be discussed. Finally, due to the recent advance in strigolactone research, new insights are emerging on the relation between parasitic and host plants which may result in new strategies to control parasitic plant infestation that will be discussed in this review.
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