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STRIGOLACTONES

Two routes to germinate a seed

Seed germination is tightly regulated so that it only occurs in optimal environmental conditions; for root parasitic plants, this is the presence of a potential host plant revealed by strigolactone exudates. New research shows that, unexpectedly, this response to strigolactone bypasses the core gibberellin-dependent pathway for germination.

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Fig. 1: The interplay of multiple pathways regulating germination.

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Machin, D.C., Bennett, T. Two routes to germinate a seed. Nat. Plants 6, 602–603 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-020-0678-3

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