Plant hormones in growth and development

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Plants use hormones to regulate virtually every aspect of their growth and development. Such signaling molecules have long attracted the attention of plant scientists and chemical modulation of hormone biology is widely used in agriculture. Despite the long history of plant hormone biology, the wide variety of signaling molecules plants use and the diversity of processes they control inevitably means that our understanding remains incomplete. Technological advances and ongoing interest in biotechnological applications mean that plant biologists continue to advance the state of art in hormone research. Therefore, the editors of Nature CommunicationsCommunications Biology, and Scientific Reports invite submissions that showcase new advances in understanding the metabolism, transport and signaling of plant hormones and how this impacts growth and development.

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Potted Calla Lily (Zantedeschia sp.) on windowsill. Image two of two illustrating phototropism, the bending of plants toward a source of light. Auxins, chemicals which stimulate cell growth in plants, migrate to the less-lit part of the stem and cause cells to elongate, bending the plant toward the light source to maximize light exposure and, therefore, photosynthesis.