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Root Physiology: from Gene to Function

  • Editors
  • Hans Lambers
  • Timothy D. Colmer

Part of the Plant Ecophysiology book series (KLEC, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A.J. Miller, M.D. Cramer
    Pages 1-36
  3. K. G. Raghothama, A. S. Karthikeyan
    Pages 37-49
  4. J. Kevin Vessey, Katharina Pawlowski, Birgitta Bergman
    Pages 51-78
  5. James H. Graham, R. Michael Miller
    Pages 79-100
  6. Michael W. Shane, Hans Lambers
    Pages 101-125
  7. Wolfram Adlassnig, Marianne Peroutka, Hans Lambers, Irene K. Lichtscheidl
    Pages 127-140
  8. Rebecca Vandeleur, Christa Niemietz, Joanne Tilbrook, Stephen D. Tyerman
    Pages 141-161
  9. Leon V. Kochian, Miguel A. Piñeros, Owen A. Hoekenga
    Pages 175-195
  10. Eric J.W. Visser, Laurentius A.C.J. Voesenek
    Pages 197-214
  11. Patricia A. Okubara, Timothy C. Paulitz
    Pages 215-226
  12. H. Hauggaard-Nielsen, E.S. Jensen
    Pages 237-250

About this book

Introduction

In the last decade, enormous progress has been made on the physiology of plant roots, including on a wide range of molecular aspects. Much of that progress has been captured in the chapters of this book. Breakthroughs have been made possible through integration of molecular and whole-plant aspects. The classical boundaries between physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology have vanished. There has been a strong focus on a limited number of model species, including Arabidopsis thaliana. That focus has allowed greater insight into the significance of specific genes for plant development and functioning. However, many species are very different from A. thaliana, in that they are mycorrhizal, develop a symbiosis with N2-fixing microsymbionts, or have other specialised root structures. Also, some have a much greater capacity to resist extreme environments, such as soil acidity, salinity, flooding or heavy-metal toxicities, due to specific adaptations. Research on species other than A. thaliana is therefore pivotal, to develop new knowledge in plant sciences in a comprehensive manner. This fundamental new knowledge can be the basis for important applications in, e.g., agriculture and plant conservation. Although significant progress has been made, much remains to be learnt. It is envisaged that discoveries made in the recent past will likely lead to major breakthroughs in the next decade.

Reprinted from Plant and Soil, 274:1-2 (2005).

Keywords

Liana arabidopsis thaliana biochemistry environment molecular aspects physiology plant development plant roots root structure roots soil

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