Journal of Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 178–187 | Cite as

One for All and All for One: Cross-Talk of Multiple Signals Controlling the Plant Phenotype

  • Filip Vandenbussche
  • Dominique Van Der StraetenEmail author


The plant hormone ethylene plays a pivotal role in steering various processes by regulating the biosynthesis, distribution, or signal transduction of other hormones. Ethylene also mediates the effects of other hormones. Similarly, hormones control the ethylene synthesis and signalling pathway. Eventually, integration of this network of signals leads to an appropriate morphological or biochemical response. Consequently, this cross-talk results in the characteristic plasticity associated with plant development. Here, the interplay of ethylene with other hormones is described for germination and seedling growth, stomatal control, and tissue elongation. The mechanisms by which this occurs are discussed in more detail.


Auxins Abscissic acid brassinosteroids Cross-talk Ethylene Gibberellins Signal transduction 


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  • Filip Vandenbussche
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  • Dominique Van Der Straeten
    • 1
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  1. 1.Unit Plant Hormone Signaling & Bio-imaging, Department of Molecular GeneticsGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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