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Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Apr 9;14(4):7681-701. doi: 10.3390/ijms14047681.

A dual role of strigolactones in phosphate acquisition and utilization in plants.

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  • 1Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, USA. chenj@ornl.gov.


Phosphorus, acquired in the form of phosphate (Pi), is one of the primary macronutrients for plants but is least available in the soil. Pi deficiency is a major factor limiting plant growth, development and reproduction. Plants have developed a complex signaling network to respond to Pi deficiency. The recent discovery of strigolactones, a new class of plant hormones, has led to an emerging signaling module illustrating the integrated control of Pi acquisition, plant-microbe symbiotic interactions and plant architecture. This review article focuses on the recent findings of plant responses and roles of strigolactones to Pi deficiency.

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