Agrochemistry, Environmental, and Geochemistry

Chemistry and Biology of Auxin, Strigolactone and their Interactions (#107)

Auxin and strigolactones are both important plant hormones for controlling plant development and therefore for crop production. They interact with each other at the physiological and maybe at the molecular level. For example, strigolactone biosynthesis gene transcripts, such as MAX3 and MAX4 in Arabidopsis, are positively auxin regulated in a manner similar to the orthologous genes from pea (Pisum sativum) and rice (Oryza sativa). This regulation is important for branching control because large auxin-related reductions in these transcripts are associated with increased axillary branching. But the precise mechanisms how their biosyntheses, perceptions and signal transductions are controlled are still in vague. For the comprehensive understanding of the interaction mechanism, investigation on the biosynthesis and signaling factors of these hormones is very important. And also chemicals that can be used to dissect the functions of the hormones will be very useful. In this symposium, chemists, biochemists, and biologists will get together and share cutting-edge information for plant hormonal regulation. This meeting will stimulate the interaction and mutual understanding between chemists and biologists.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015