Journal of Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 25–31 | Cite as

Hormone Cross-Talk in Seed Dormancy

  • Siobhan M. Brady
  • Peter McCourtEmail author
Thematic Article


The choice to become dormant versus continuing to grow is observed in a variety of organisms in response to specific developmental and environmental signals. In higher plants this is most obvious during both the establishment and breaking of seed dormancy. With the advent of molecular genetic analysis, particularly in Arabidopsis, genes involved in the establishment and breaking of seed dormancy have been identified. Genetic analysis suggests a web of hormone-derived information is required in the regulation of these processes. In this review we focus on examples of where hormones, and in particular cross-talk between hormones, is used to regulate both the establishment and release of seed dormancy. The use of multiple hormones that overlap in their control of specific developmental programs allows seeds to be flexible in making decisions in response to specific developmental and environmental cues.


Hormone mutants Arabidopsis Gibberellins Abscisic acid Ethylene Brassinosteroid Seed development Signal transduction Hormone interaction 



The authors thank Nancy Dengler, Brenda Chow and Sonia Gazzarini for helpful discussion.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of Toronto, 25 Willcocks St., Toronto, OntarioCanada, M5S 3B2

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