New plant development discoveries stem from strigolactone research (2011–2013)
We have uncovered crucial roles for a new plant growth hormone, strigolactone, in secondary growth (wood formation) and adventitious rooting. Until now we have been limited by the lack of knowledge that this hormone was even involved. Building on our discovery of strigolactones in shoot branching, and using our expert knowledge in hormonal control of development, we will now focus on examining the role of this hormone in these other important processes. In doing so, we will provide new avenues for the generation of improved plant varieties with industry-desirable characteristics such as enhanced wood formation and enhanced propagation properties, and improved industry practices.