Tall tales from sly dwarves: novel functions of gibberellins in plant development

Trends Plant Sci. 2005 Mar;10(3):123-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2005.01.007.


Gibberellins (GAs) are endogenous hormones controlling numerous aspects of plant growth and development. Our present understanding of GA physiology is based largely on genetic analysis in model plants such as Arabidopsis. In spite of the success of this approach, the discovery of additional physiological roles for GAs in seed development, pollen tube growth and meristem development indicates that the existing collection of GA-related mutants (identified partially or entirely on the basis of vegetative phenotypes) has failed to uncover all aspects of plant development that are controlled by GAs. The continued use of ever improving forward and reverse genetic techniques is expected to lead to the discovery of further novel roles for GAs in plant development.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arabidopsis / growth & development
  • Gibberellins / physiology*
  • Meristem / growth & development
  • Plant Development*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Pollen / growth & development


  • Gibberellins