Gibberellin in plant height control: old player, new story

Abstract

Height relates to plant architecture, lodging resistance, and yield performance. Growth-promoting phytohormones gibberellins (GAs) play a pivotal role in plant height control. Mutations in GA biosynthesis, metabolism, and signaling cascades influence plant height. Moreover, GA interacts with other phytohormones in the modulation of plant height. Here, we first briefly describe the regulation of plant height by altered GA pathway. Then, we depict effects of the crosstalk between GA and other phytohormones on plant height. We also dissect the co-localization of GA pathway genes and established quantitative genetic loci for plant height. Finally, we suggest ways forward for the application of hormone GA knowledge in breeding of crops with plant height ideotypes.

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We apologize for not being able to cite many relevant original papers owing to space limitations. This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31571671 and 31201213), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2016YFD0101002), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Jiangsu Government Scholarship for Overseas Studies.

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Wang, Y., Zhao, J., Lu, W. et al. Gibberellin in plant height control: old player, new story. Plant Cell Rep 36, 391–398 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00299-017-2104-5

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Keywords

  • Phytohormone
  • Gibberellin
  • Plant height
  • Interaction network
  • Quantitative genetic loci
  • Breeding application