Plants have several blue-light receptors, which regulate different aspects of growth and development. Recent studies have identified three such receptors: cryptochrome 1, cryptochrome 2 and phototropin. Cryptochromes 1 and 2 are photolyase-like receptors that regulate hypocotyl growth and flowering time; phototropin mediates phototropism in response to blue light. In addition, phytochrome A has also been found to mediate various blue-light responses. Although the signal-transduction mechanisms of blue-light receptors remain largely unclear, phototropin is probably a protein kinase that regulates cytoplasmic calcium concentrations, whereas the cryptochromes might regulate anion-channel activity and changes in gene expression.