Molecular mechanisms of hormone action
Plant Development and Hormone Action
This research subline addresses the hormonal regulation that underlies the control of several processes in plant biology, such as plant growth, the transition between several developmental stages, and the interaction between the plant and the environment.
The research is focused on the specific role of hormones in various aspects of a plant’s life, from early development to plant defense, with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms of the regulation of hormone biosynthesis, hormone signaling, and cross-regulation between different hormones –and between hormones and other environmental cues.
Eventually, an important part of the research activity is aimed to the application of basic knowledge to the modification of agronomical important traits in crops, which is reflected at least at two levels: the choice of the biological problem to be studied, and the choice of experimental models beyond Arabidopsis .