Journal Article

A Crucial Role for Gibberellins in Stress Protection of Plants

Nataraj N. Vettakkorumakankav, Duane Falk, Praveen Saxena and R. Austin Fletcher

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 40, issue 5, pages 542-548
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.pcp.a029575
A Crucial Role for Gibberellins in Stress Protection of Plants

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The hypothesis that there is an intimate relationship between gibberellin levels and plant stress protection has been tested using near-isogenic lines of a normal and dwarf barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Application of paclobutrazol (a triazole), induced stress protection in the normal line and application of GA3 to the dwarf reversed the inherent stress tolerance. Reversal of the dwarf phenotype by specific gibberellins (GAs) suggests that the conversion of GA20 to GA1 and GA9 to GA4 has been compromised. These observations indicate that modulation of specific GAs plays a key role in stress protection. The preferential use of non-chemical technologies including enzyme regulation, phytochrome A overexpression, and breeding for induction of stress tolerance in plants are discussed.

Keywords: Barley; Breeding; Genetic engineering; Gibberellins; Hordeum vulgare L.; Stress

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Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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