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Main vistas of Academician M.Kh. Chailakhyan's inquiry into the problems of plant growth and development are reviewed with the emphasis on the input of his research in elucidating the mechanisms of flowering, tuberization, sex expression, and the integrity of plant organism. The pioneer studies conducted by Chailakhyan and his colleagues on agricultural applications of phytohormones, their synthetic analogs, and other growth regulators are considered. Highlighted is the role of theoretical papers written by Chailakhyan, his lectures, and his brave fight against pseudoscientific trends in the Russian science is stressed.