Project Summary

The strigolactone class of plant hormones belongs to the isoprenoid family of natural products. They have broad potential as as agricultural chemicals to modify plant architecture and promoter suicidal germination of parasitic weed seeds. The family is large and chemically diverse, and relatively poorly understood. Reconstructing biosynthetic pathways in microbes will allow us to examine biochemical pathways and chemical diversity, create new chemical diversity, produce sufficient amounts to study the physiological effects of different family members, and ultimately produce sufficient amounts for agricultural applications.


Research Group

Vickers Group


Synthetic Biology, Systems Biology, Systems Biotechnology, Agriculture, Sustainability, Strigolactones


Project members