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Title

Agronomic, breeding, and biotechnological approaches to parasitic plant management through manipulation of germination stimulant levels in agricultural soils

AuthorsFernández-Aparicio, Mónica ; Westwood, James H.; Rubiales, Diego
Issue DateDec-2011
PublisherNational Research Council Canada
CitationBotany 89(12): 813-826 (2011)
AbstractA number of plant species have adapted to parasitize other plants, and some parasitic species pose severe constraints to major crops. The role of strigolactones and other metabolites present in host root exudates as germination stimulants for weedy root parasitic weed seeds has been known for the last 40 years. Recently, the ecological and developmental roles of strigolactones have been clarified by the discovery that they are a new class of plant hormone that controls shoot branching and serve as host recognition signals for mycorrhizal fungi. Parasitic plants also recognize these chemicals and use them to coordinate their life cycle with that of their host. Here we review agronomic practices that use parasitic germination stimulant production as a target for manipulation to control parasitic weeds.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/84379
DOI10.1139/B11-075
Identifiersdoi: 10.1139/B11-075
issn: 1916-2804
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