Root patterning: It takes two to tangle

Ben Scheres*, Marta Laskowski

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The mechanisms that pattern lateral root primordial are essential for the elaboration of root system architecture, a trait of key importance for future crop breeding. But which are most important: periodic or local cues? In this issue of Journal of Experimental Botany (pages 1411-1420), Kircher and Schopfer manipulate growth direction to demonstrate the importance of both sources of patterning information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201-1203
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Arabidopsis
  • bending hypothesis
  • lateral root initiation
  • oscillation hypothesis
  • pattern formation
  • root architecture
  • waving growth


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