Regulation of plant root system architecture: implications for crop advancement.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Root system architecture (RSA) plays a major role in plant fitness, crop performance, and grain yield yet only recently has this role been appreciated. RSA describes the spatial arrangement of root tissue within the soil and is therefore crucial to nutrient and water uptake. Recent studies have identified many of the genetic and environmental factors influencing root growth that contribute to RSA. Some of the identified genes have the potential to limit crop loss caused by environmental extremes and are currently being used to confer drought tolerance. It is hypothesized that manipulating these and other genes that influence RSA will be pivotal for future crop advancements worldwide.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rogers, ED; Benfey, PN

Published Date

  • April 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 /

Start / End Page

  • 93 - 98

PubMed ID

  • 25448235

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0429

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0958-1669

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.copbio.2014.11.015


  • eng