The term “development,” as it applies to whole seed plants arising by sexual reproduction, denotes the gradual and progressive changes in size, structure, and function that collectively comprise the transformation of a zygote into a mature, reproductive plant. It is also a correct and common practice to speak of the development of particular organs from initials or primordia, and to refer to development of a whole plant from any single cell. Whatever the specific case, development is a gradual process that takes time to be fully realized, generally is accompanied by increases in size and weight, involves the appearance of new structures and functions and the loss of former ones, is characterized by temporal and spatial discontinuities and changes in rate, and eventually slows down or ceases when mature dimensions are reached.


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  • Thomas C. Moore
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  1. 1.Department of Botany and Plant PathologyOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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