Rooting plant development

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In 1993, we published a paper in Development detailing the anatomical structure of the Arabidopsis root. The paper described how root growth was maintained by the precisely tuned activity of a small set of 'initials', which acted as the source of dividing and differentiating cells, and how these stem cell-like cells surrounded a few infrequently dividing cells. This work underpinned subsequent research on root developmental biology and sparked a detailed molecular analysis of how stem cell groups are positioned and maintained in plants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)939-941
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • arabidopsis root
  • cell fate
  • meristem
  • differentiation
  • mechanism
  • shoot
  • framework
  • epidermis
  • division
  • pattern


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