The impact of the plant hormone ethylene on seedling development has long been recognized; however, its ecophysiological relevance is unexplored. Three recent studies demonstrate that ethylene is a critical endogenous integrator of various environmental signals including mechanical stress, light, and oxygen availability during seedling germination and growth through the soil.
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This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF01_I1774S) to E.B., the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province (2016J01099), and the Fujian–Taiwan Joint Innovative Center for Germplasm Resources and Cultivation of Crops (FJ 2011 Program, No 2015-75) to Q.Z. The authors thank Israel Ausin and Xu Chen for critical reading of the manuscript.
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Zhu Q, Benková E. Seedlings’ strategy to overcome a soil barrier. Trends in Plant Science. 2016;21(10):809-811. doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2016.08.003
Zhu, Q., & Benková, E. (2016). Seedlings’ strategy to overcome a soil barrier. Trends in Plant Science, 21(10), 809–811. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2016.08.003
Zhu, Qiang, and Eva Benková. “Seedlings’ Strategy to Overcome a Soil Barrier.” Trends in Plant Science 21, no. 10 (2016): 809–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2016.08.003.
Q. Zhu and E. Benková, “Seedlings’ strategy to overcome a soil barrier,” Trends in Plant Science, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 809–811, 2016.
Zhu Q, Benková E. 2016. Seedlings’ strategy to overcome a soil barrier. Trends in Plant Science. 21(10), 809–811.
Zhu, Qiang, and Eva Benková. “Seedlings’ Strategy to Overcome a Soil Barrier.” Trends in Plant Science, vol. 21, no. 10, Cell Press, 2016, pp. 809–11, doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2016.08.003.