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Plant Growth Regulators. Chemical Messengers. Hormones. In plants, many behavioral patterns and functions are controlled by hormones. These are “chemical messengers” influencing many patterns of plant development.

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Plant growth regulators

Plant Growth Regulators

Chemical Messengers


Hormones
Hormones

  • In plants, many behavioral patterns and functions are controlled by hormones. These are “chemical messengers” influencing many patterns of plant development.

    • Plant hormones – a natural substance (produced by plant) that acts to control plant activities. Chemical messengers.


Hormones1
Hormones

  • Are produced in one part of a plant and then transported to other parts, where they initiate a response.

  • They are stored in regions where stimulus are and then released for transport through either phloem or mesophyll when the appropriate stimulus occurs.


Growth regulators
Growth Regulators

  • Plant growth regulators – include plant hormones (natural & synthetic), but also include non-nutrient chemicals not found naturally in plants that when applied to plants, influence their growth and development.


Growth regulators1
Growth Regulators

  • 5 recognized groups of natural plant hormones and growth regulators.

    • 1. Auxins

    • 2. Gibberellins

    • 3. Cytokinins

    • 4. Ethylene

    • 5. Abscissic acid


Auxins
Auxins

  • Influence plant growth – found in leaves and stems – growth regulators and hormones

  • Cell enlargement or elongation – located in meristems and shoot tips (terminal & lateral buds). Auxins move mainly from apex (top) down.

  • Lengthening of the internodes and influence the developing embryos in the seed.


What happens when auxin is added to a stem. The stem will bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.


Auxins1
Auxins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Apical dominance – high levels of auxin in the stem just above lateral buds block their growth (blockage of growth of lateral buds by presence of terminal buds). If shoot tip is removed. The auxin level behind the lateral buds is reduced and the lateral buds begin to grow. (the auxin which formed the blockage to keep lateral buds small is reduced so they can grow)


Auxins2
Auxins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Photo (light) and geotropism (gravity) – involved in tropism responses – positive responses

  • Flower initiation and development

  • Root initiation and development (rootone) – used on cuttings to help stimulate root growth


Auxins iaa
Auxins (IAA) bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Plant Growth Regulators - Indobutyric acid (IBA)(synthetic), napthaleneacetic acid (NAA)(synthetic), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2-4D)(synthetic)

  • Hormone - indoleactic acid (IAA)(naturally occurring).


Auxin bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.


Gibberellins ga
Gibberellins (GA) bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Gibberellic Acid

  • Have a regulatory function

  • Are produced in the shoot apex primarily in the leaf primordial (leaf bud) and root system

  • Stimulates stem growth dramatically


Gibberellins ga1
Gibberellins (GA) bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Stimulates cell division, cell elongation (or both) and controls enzyme secretions. Ex: dwarf cultivars can be treated with GA and grow to normal heights – indicates dwarf species lack normal levels of GA


Gibberellins
Gibberellins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Involved in overcoming dormancy in seeds and buds.

  • GA translocates easily in the plant (able to move freely) in both directions – because produced in not only shoot apex but also in the root structure.


Gibberellins1
Gibberellins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Used commercially in:

    • Increasing fruit size of seedless grapes

    • Stimulating seed germination & seedling growth


Gibberellins2
Gibberellins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Promoting male flowers in cucumbers for seed production.

  • Overcoming cold requirements – for some seed, application of GA foregoes the cold requirements (some seed require to be frozen or placed in the refrigerator for a period of time before they will germinate).


Cytokinins
Cytokinins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Promotes cell division

  • Found in all tissues with considerable cell division.

    • Ex: embryos (seeds) and germinating seeds, young developing fruits


Cytokinins1
Cytokinins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Roots supply cytokinins upward to the shoots.

  • Interact with auxins to influence differentiation of tissues (may be used to stimulate bud formation).


Cytokinins2
Cytokinins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • As roots begin to grow actively in the spring, they produce large amounts of cytokinins that are transported to the shoot, where they cause the dormant buds to become active and expand.


Cytokinins3
Cytokinins bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Tissue cultures use cytokinins to induce shoot development

  • Cytokinins may slow or prevent leaf senescence (leaf ageing or leaf fall).


Cytokinin bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.


Ethylene
Ethylene bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Gaseous hormone

  • Produced in the actively growing meristems of the plant, in senescing ripening or ageing fruits, in senescing (ageing or dying) flowers, in germinating seeds and in certain plant tissues as a response to bending, wounding or bruising.

  • Ethylene as a gas, diffuses readily throughout the plant.


Ethylene1
Ethylene bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • May promote leaf senescing and abscission (leaf fall).

  • Increases female flowers in cucumbers (economically - will increase fruit production).

  • Degreening of oranges, lemons and grapefruit – ethylene gas breaks down chlorophyll and lets colors show through.


Inhibitors
Inhibitors bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Abscisic Acid (ABA)

    • Widespread in plant body – moves readily through plant

    • ABA appears to be synthesized (made) by the leaves.

    • Interacts with other hormones in the plant, counteracting the growth – promoting the effects of auxins & gibberellins.


Abscisic acid
Abscisic Acid bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.

  • Involved with leaf and fruit abscission (fall), onset of dormancy in seeds and onset of dormancy (rest period) in perennial flowers and shrubs

  • ABA is effective in inducing closure of stomata in leaves, indicating a role in the stress physiology in plants. (ex: increases in ABA following water, heat and high salinity stress to the plant)


  • www. bend away from the auxin. It elongates faster on the extra auxin side.wwcc.edu/ace/files/Plant Growth Regulators.ppt


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