The research which I present here has been realized in the last ten years in collaboration with various groups in Italy and abroad. In particular I want to mention Prof. Cristina Prandi of the University of Turin with whom nice results on the Pd-catalyzed coupling reactions of heterocyclic enol triflates and phosphates as well as on the Nazarov reaction of N-heterocyclic dienones have been obtained and with whom I still keep working on strigolactone analogues for the regulation and control of the plant growth.