Plant vascular development: From early specification to differentiation

Bert De Rybel, Ari Pekka Mähönen, Yrjö Helariutta, Dolf Weijers*

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Vascular tissues in plants are crucial to provide physical support and to transport water, sugars and hormones and other small signalling molecules throughout the plant. Recent genetic and molecular studies have identified interconnections among some of the major signalling networks that regulate plant vascular development. Using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, these studies enable the description of vascular development from the earliest tissue specification events during embryogenesis to the differentiation of phloem and xylem tissues. Moreover, we propose a model for how oriented cell divisions give rise to a three-dimensional vascular bundle within the root meristem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-40
JournalNature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


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