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EvoDevo: Past and Future of Continuum and Process Plant Morphology

Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, University of Zurich, CH-8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Philosophies 2020, 5(4), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies5040041
Received: 7 October 2020 / Revised: 21 November 2020 / Accepted: 26 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renegotiating Disciplinary Fields in the Life Sciences)
Plants and animals are both important for studies in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo). Plant morphology as a valuable discipline of EvoDevo is set for a paradigm shift. Process thinking and the continuum approach in plant morphology allow us to perceive and interpret growing plants as combinations of developmental processes rather than as assemblages of structural units (“organs”) such as roots, stems, leaves, and flowers. These dynamic philosophical perspectives were already favored by botanists and philosophers such as Agnes Arber (1879–1960) and Rolf Sattler (*1936). The acceptance of growing plants as dynamic continua inspires EvoDevo scientists such as developmental geneticists and evolutionary biologists to move towards a more holistic understanding of plants in time and space. This review will appeal to many young scientists in the plant development research fields. It covers a wide range of relevant publications from the past to present. View Full-Text
Keywords: process philosophy; scientific perspectivism; developmental genetics; plant structure ontology; homology; land plant phylogeny; morphological misfits; flower; phyllotaxis; Utricularia process philosophy; scientific perspectivism; developmental genetics; plant structure ontology; homology; land plant phylogeny; morphological misfits; flower; phyllotaxis; Utricularia
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Rutishauser, R. EvoDevo: Past and Future of Continuum and Process Plant Morphology. Philosophies 2020, 5, 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies5040041

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