Strigolactone, a new plant hormone: Its regulation, role and potential for plant improvement (2010–2015)
Population growth, climate variation and alleviation of poverty have led to significant food shortages, causing global health, welfare, national security and food security issues. Our identification of a new growth hormone in plants has generated many opportunities for contributing to enhanced yields, and improving processes in crops and in horticultural and forestry industries. The program of work supported by this Fellowship will enable the identification of genetic tools and processes that can be used to modulate the level or response to this hormone in plants. Understanding how this hormone affects plant growth will enable sustainable advances in plant improvement for a range of applications.