We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Plant growth promotion by the interaction of a novel synthetic small molecule with GA‐DELLA function

Sukiran, Nur Afiqah and Pollastri, Susanna and Steel, Patrick G. and Knight, Marc R. (2022) 'Plant growth promotion by the interaction of a novel synthetic small molecule with GA‐DELLA function.', Plant Direct, 6 (4). e398.


Synthesized small molecules are useful as tools to investigate hormonal signaling involved in plant growth and development. They are also important as agrochemicals to promote beneficial properties of crops in the field. We describe here the synthesis and mode of action of a novel growth-promoting chemical, A1. A1 stimulates enhanced growth in both shoot and root tissues of plants, acting by increasing both dry and fresh weight. This suggests that A1 not only promotes uptake of water but also increases production of cellular material. A1 treatment of Arabidopsisleads to the degradation of DELLA growth-inhibitory proteins suggesting that A1-mediated growth promotion is dependent upon this mechanism. We performed genetic analysis to confirm this and further dissect the mechanism of A1 action upon growth in Arabidopsis. A quintuple dellamutant was insensitive to A1, confirming that the mode of action was indeed via a DELLA-dependent mechanism. The ga1-5gibberellin synthesis mutant was similarly insensitive, suggesting that to promote growth in ArabidopsisA1 requires the presence of endogenous gibberellins. This was further suggested by the observation that double mutants of GID1 gibberellin receptor genes were insensitive to A1. Taken together, our data suggest that A1 acts to enhance sensitivity to endogenous gibberellins thus leading to observed enhanced growth via DELLA degradation. A1 and related compounds will be useful to identify novel signaling components involved in plant growth and development, and as agrochemicals suitable for a wide range of crop species.

Item Type:Article
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 4.0.
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:© 2022 The Authors. Plant Direct published by American Society of Plant Biologists and the Society for Experimental Biology and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date accepted:16 March 2022
Date deposited:04 July 2022
Date of first online publication:26 April 2022
Date first made open access:04 July 2022

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar