The Acquisition of Cell Fate in the Arabidopsis thaliana Root Meristem

Claudia van den Berg, Viola Willemsen, Nicole Van Der Werff, Harald Wolkenfelt, Heather Mckhann, Peter Weisbeek, Ben Scheres, Willem Hage

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During plant embryogenesis an embryo with cotyledons, a shoot apical meristem, a hypocotyl and a root apical meristem, is formed. The primary root and shoot meristems initiate post-embryonic growth generating all plant organs. The root meristem forms the primary root, and the shoot meristem forms the aerial portion of the plant including secondary meristems. Histological and fate map data have shown that there is no precise correlation between the shoot meristem cells and their descendants (Steeves and Sussex, 1989). This indicates that cell fate is flexible. In contrast, in the root a more strict relationship between differentiated cells and their meristematic ancestors is seen. Little is known about the mechanisms specifying cell fate in meristems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiology of Root Formation and Development
EditorsArie Altman, Yoav Waisel
PublisherSpringer / UNESCO
ISBN (Electronic)9781461554035
ISBN (Print)9781461374671
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBasic Life Sciences

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