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Strigolactones are plant hormones that stimulate the branching and growth of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi , increasing the probability of contact and establishment of a symbiotic association between the plant and fungus.   Strigolactones also inhibit plant shoot branching,   and trigger germination of parasitic plant seeds (for example Striga , from which they gained their name).  Strigolactones are carotenoid -derived and contain a labile ether bond that is easily hydrolyzed in the rhizosphere , meaning that there is a large concentration gradient between areas near the root and those further away. In 2009, strigolactone biosynthesis was found to be DWARF27-dependent. 
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