BIOREGULATION: A PROSPECTIVE IN AGRICULTURE
The following is a list of biological activities that are targets for biological regulators:-
- Promote rooting and propagation of the plant.
- Initiate or terminate the dormancy of seeds, buds, and tubers.
- Induce or retard ageing (senescence).
- Promote, delay, or prevent flowering.
- Induce or prevent leaf and/or fruit drop (abscission).
- Control fruit set and further fruit development.
- Control plant or organ size.
- Prune the plant chemically.
- Modify sex expression.
- Increase plant resistance to pests.
- Enhance plant resistance to environmental stress factors.
- Prevent postharvest spoilage.
- Regulate chemical composition of plants and color of fruit.
- Influence mineral uptake from the soil.
- Change the timing of crop development.
Each of the above applications of plant growth regulation can yield a profound economic advantage to the producer, packer and consumer. For example, the promotion delay and prevention of flowering is well