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Polar transport and accumulation of indole-3-acetic acid during root regeneration by Pinus lambertiana embryos

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The relation of indoleacetic acid (IAA) transport to accumulation of auxin at the base of cuttings and to polar root formation was investigated with small cuttings from germinating embryos of Pinus lambertiana.

The transport of endogenous auxin participates in regeneration of roots. This is shown by the facts that (1) more than 40% of the cuttings rooted without addition of exogenous indoleacetic acid; (2) the first regeneration always occurred at the basal tip of a slanting cut; and (3) 2,3,5-triiodobenzoic acid (TIBA), a specific inhibitor of auxin transport, totally inhibited rooting. Addition of IAA to the medium increased the number of roots formed per rooting hypocotyl.

Sections of hypocotyls excised from dormant embryos and tested immediately after 2 h hydration were capable of polar transport of IAA. This polarity increased during the first 3 days of culture because of a marked increase in basipetal transport. Culturing the cuttings in 1 μM IAA for 3–5 days doubled both the basipetal transport of 1-14C-IAA by hypocotyl segments and the accumulation of radioactivity at the base of cuttings.

The extent of the accumulation at the base of cuttings was similar at early (2 days, first mitoses) and late stages (5 days, organized meristem) of regeneration and was not affected by removal of the regenerating region immediately prior to uptake and transport of 14C-IAA. The accumulation was inhibited by TIBA. In terms of increase in wet and dry weight and mitotic activity, the cotyledons rather than the regenerating root meristems were the most actively growing region of the cuttings. The upper part of the hypocotyl elongated more than the region of the slanting cut where regeneration was occurring.

These results provide no support for the idea that the regenerating root controls the direction of polar transport by acting as a sink. The results are consistent with the view that polar auxin transport delivers auxin to the base of the cutting and raises the local concentration to levels sufficient to promote root formation.

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Greenwood, M.S., GoldSmith, M.H.M. Polar transport and accumulation of indole-3-acetic acid during root regeneration by Pinus lambertiana embryos. Planta 95, 297–313 (1970). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00384702

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  • Root Formation
  • Auxin Transport
  • Indoleacetic Acid
  • TIBA
  • Root Meristem