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Special Issue "Root Development in Plants"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Steffen Vanneste

Universiteit Gent, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent, Belgium
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Interests: root development
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Tom Beeckman

Universiteit Gent, Department of Plant Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Ghent, Belgium; VIB Center for Plant Systems Biology, Ghent Belgium
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Interests: root development; auxin signaling and transport

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Roots are fundamental to the success of plants in conquering land. The complexity of a plant’s root system is not a rigorous readout of the predefined body plan as seen in many animals. Instead, it is a highly variable structure that is defined on a plant-per-plant basis in which every individual root tip instructs root architecture elaboration via growth and/or branching based on a specific set of rules in the context of local challenges and limitations. Much of what we know is focused on sub-aspects of factors that control root development, and mainly restricted to Arabidopsis seedlings grown in vitro.

Papers submitted to this Special Issue must report high novelty results and/or plausible and testable models, not restricted to Arabidopsis. The environmental and developmental control over root branching is a reference topic. In addition, studies dealing with root meristem functioning and elongation control are also of interest. Finally, significant advances in tool development to analyze specific aspects of root development are heartily welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Steffen Vanneste
Prof. Dr. Tom Beeckman
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • lateral root
  • adventitious root
  • hormones
  • nutrients
  • evolution
  • signal integration
  • cross-talk

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Open AccessArticle Morphological Characterization of Root System Architecture in Diverse Tomato Genotypes during Early Growth
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(12), 3888; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19123888
Received: 13 November 2018 / Revised: 29 November 2018 / Accepted: 3 December 2018 / Published: 5 December 2018
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Plant roots exploit morphological plasticity to adapt and respond to different soil environments. We characterized the root system architecture of nine wild tomato species and four cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) varieties during early growth in a controlled environment. Additionally, the root
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Plant roots exploit morphological plasticity to adapt and respond to different soil environments. We characterized the root system architecture of nine wild tomato species and four cultivated tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) varieties during early growth in a controlled environment. Additionally, the root system architecture of six near-isogenic lines from the tomato ‘Micro-Tom’ mutant collection was also studied. These lines were affected in key genes of ethylene, abscisic acid, and anthocyanin pathways. We found extensive differences between the studied lines for a number of meaningful morphological traits, such as lateral root distribution, lateral root length or adventitious root development, which might represent adaptations to local soil conditions during speciation and subsequent domestication. Taken together, our results provide a general quantitative framework for comparing root system architecture in tomato seedlings and other related species. Full article
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