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New Practical Aspects of Brassinosteroids and Results of Their Ten-Year Agricultural Use in Russia and Belarus

  • Vladimir A. Khripach
  • Vladimir N. Zhabinskii
  • Nataliya B. Khripach
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Abstract

One of characteristic physiological properties of new plant hormones brassinosteroids (BS), when applied exogenously to vegetating plants, is their ability to stimulate plant growth and development. That is why their possible application in agriculture was considered still in the very beginning of BS investigations. Their progress has been extremely rapid. After discovery of brassinolide, the first member of the series, less than twenty years were necessary to start wide practical use of brassinosteroids in agriculture as crop-yieldincreasing and plant-protecting agents. In Russia and Belarus, the first BS-preparation, based on 24-epibrassinolide as active ingredient, has been officially registered in 1992 as potato crop-increasing agrochemical. Later a number of other crops and purposes for its agricultural use have been added. During the developing of practical adaptation of BS many problems connected with commercial-scale production and official status of new agricultural chemical have been solved. Among them: elaboration of economically reasonable synthetic methods for BS preparation, field-scale biological trials with different plant species, toxicological studies, etc. The accumulated experience and results of research programs of different laboratories opened up many new aspects of BS-activity that are very important for further development of this group of phytohormones to a new generation of agricultural chemicals, which are not-conflicting with the environment and explore a new principle in plant protection. These problems and perspectives of agricultural application of brassinosteroids are the subject of the article.

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Potato Tuber Leaf Blade Spring Wheat Practical Aspect True Leaf 
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  • Vladimir A. Khripach
  • Vladimir N. Zhabinskii
  • Nataliya B. Khripach

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