Which one of the following is a plant hormone?

  1.  Insulin
  2. Thyroxin
  3. Oestrogen
  4.  Cytokinin
Harsh Vardhan Professor Asked on 11th May 2015 in General Knowledge.
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    Cytokinins (CK) are a class of plant growth substances (phytohormones) that promote cell division, or cytokinesis, in plant roots and shoots. They are involved primarily in cell growth and differentiation ,There are two types of cytokinins: adenine-type cytokinins represented by kinetin, zeatin, and 6-benzylaminopurine, and phenylurea-type cytokinins like diphenylurea and thidiazuron (TDZ). Most adenine-type cytokinins are synthesized in roots. Cambium and other actively dividing tissues also synthesize cytokinins. No phenylurea cytokinins have been found in plants.Cytokinins participate in local and long-distance signalling, with the same transport mechanism as purines and nucleosides.Typically, cytokinins are transported in the xylem.

    Uses – Because cytokinin promotes plant cell division and growth, produce farmers use it to increase crops. One study found that applying cytokinin to cotton seedlings led to a 5–10% yield increase under drought conditions.


    Harsh Vardhan Professor Answered on 12th May 2015.
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