Plants secrete strigolactones to communicate with other organisms in their rhizosphere. These are used by the friends of plants, the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, for host detection but also by their enemies, root parasitic plants. Furthermore, they have an endogenous signalling function, as a plant hormone that regulates shoot branching and root architecture. In this project, we are studying strigolactone biosynthesis pathways in maize, rice and Sorghum. We are also trying to unravel the significance of structural diversity of strigolactone in the interaction between plant and parasitic plant or AM fungi.
We are glad that Changsheng Li joined us!