Role of strigolactones: Signalling and crosstalk with other phytohormones

Mohammad Faizan, Ahmad Faraz, Fareen Sami, Husna Siddiqui, Mohammad Yusuf, Damian Gruszka, Shamsul Hayat

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Plant hormones play important roles in controlling how plants grow and develop. While metabolism provides the energy needed for plant survival, hormones regulate the pace of plant growth. Strigolactones (SLs) were recently defined as new phytohormones that regulate plant metabolism and, in turn, plant growth and development. This group of phytohormones is derived from carotenoids and has been implicated in a wide range of physiological functions including regulation of plant architecture (inhibition of bud outgrowth and shoot branching), photomorphogenesis, seed germination, nodulation, and physiological reactions to abiotic factors. SLs also induce hyphal branching in germinating spores of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), a process that is important for initiating the connection between host plant roots and AMF. This review outlines the physiological roles of SLs and discusses the significance of interactions between SLs and other phytohormones to plant metabolic responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-228
Number of pages12
JournalOpen Life Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020


  • arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
  • carotenoids
  • photomorphogenesis
  • physiological roles
  • plant metabolism
  • seed germination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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