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Root-derived GA12 contributes to temperature-induced shoot growth in Arabidopsis


Plants are able to sense a rise in temperature of several degrees, and appropriately adapt their metabolic and growth processes. To this end, plants produce various signalling molecules that act throughout the plant body. Here, we report that root-derived GA12, a precursor of the bioactive gibberellins, mediates thermo-responsive shoot growth in Arabidopsis. Our data suggest that root-to-shoot translocation of GA12 enables a flexible growth response to ambient temperature changes.

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Fig. 1: Root-derived GA are essential for the thermal induction of shoot growth.
Fig. 2: Root-borne GA12 enhances hypocotyl elongation at 28 °C via a DELLA-dependent mechanism.

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We thank T.P. Sun for providing seeds of ga1-3 (Col-0 background) and P. Hedden for providing ga20ox1-2-3. This work was supported by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the French Ministry of Research and Higher Education.

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L.C., T.R., L.S.-A., E.C., J.Z., D.H., N.L., M.J.P.L., T.L., J.-M.D. and P.A. performed experimental work. L.C., T.R., D.H., N.L., M.J.P.L., T.L., J.-M.D. and P.A. designed the experiments. M.S., M.J.P.L., T.L., J.-M.D. and P.A. realised the figures and wrote the paper.

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Camut, L., Regnault, T., Sirlin-Josserand, M. et al. Root-derived GA12 contributes to temperature-induced shoot growth in Arabidopsis. Nat. Plants 5, 1216–1221 (2019).

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