Do Cytokinins and Strigolactones Crosstalk during Drought Adaptation?

Trends Plant Sci. 2019 Aug;24(8):669-672. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.06.007. Epub 2019 Jul 2.


Recent reports have demonstrated that cytokinins (CKs) and strigolactones (SLs) act as negative and positive regulators, respectively, in plant drought responses. These reports have also suggested potential crosstalk between CK and SL signaling pathways in several mechanisms underlying plant drought acclimation. We discuss these reports with a view to potentially exploiting this crosstalk in the design of drought-tolerant crops.

Keywords: crosstalk; cytokinin; drought; strigolactone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acclimatization
  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Cytokinins*
  • Droughts*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
  • Lactones
  • Plant Growth Regulators


  • Cytokinins
  • Lactones
  • Plant Growth Regulators