Cytokinin - A Developing Story

Trends Plant Sci. 2019 Feb;24(2):177-185. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2018.10.012. Epub 2018 Nov 13.


In the past decade tremendous advances have been made in understanding the biosynthesis, perception, and signaling pathways of the plant hormone cytokinin. It also became clear that interfering with any of these steps greatly impacts all on stages of growth and development. This has recently spurted renewed effort to understand how cytokinin signaling affects developmental processes. As a result, new insights on the role of cytokinin signaling and the downstream targets during, for example, shoot apical meristem, flower, female gametophyte, stomata and vascular development are being unraveled. In this review we aim to give a comprehensive overview of recent findings on how cytokinin influences growth and development in plants, and highlight areas for future research.

Keywords: cytokinin; plant development.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cytokinins*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Meristem*
  • Plant Growth Regulators
  • Plants
  • Signal Transduction


  • Cytokinins
  • Plant Growth Regulators