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Some aspects of structural and functional modifications induced by drought in root systems

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These results are consecutive to a reflexion on an ecological problem and to its descriptive approach. Investigations are now attempted in different fields as biochemistry, genetics, systematics: this seems necessary to understand further how the signal water stress is translated in terms of metabolism changes [1] leading to new morphogenesis.

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Vartanian, N. Some aspects of structural and functional modifications induced by drought in root systems. Plant Soil 63, 83–92 (1981).

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