Altering Plant Architecture to Improve Performance and Resistance

Wei Guo, Limiao Chen, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Dong Cao, Lam Son Phan Tran

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High-stress resistance and yield are major goals in crop cultivation, which can be addressed by modifying plant architecture. Significant progress has been made in recent years to understand how plant architecture is controlled under various growth conditions, recognizing the central role phytohormones play in response to environmental stresses. miRNAs, transcription factors, and other associated proteins regulate plant architecture, mainly via the modulation of hormone homeostasis and signaling. To generate crop plants of ideal architecture, we propose simultaneous editing of multiple genes involved in the regulatory networks associated with plant architecture as a feasible strategy. This strategy can help to address the need to increase grain yield and/or stress resistance under the pressures of the ever-increasing world population and climate change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1170
Number of pages17
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • gene regulatory network
  • hormones
  • ideal plant architecture
  • miRNAs
  • stress resistance
  • yield parameters


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