Analyzing lateral root development: how to move forward.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Roots are important to plants for a wide variety of processes, including nutrient and water uptake, anchoring and mechanical support, storage functions, and as the major interface between the plant and various biotic and abiotic factors in the soil environment. Therefore, understanding the development and architecture of roots holds potential for the manipulation of root traits to improve the productivity and sustainability of agricultural systems and to better understand and manage natural ecosystems. While lateral root development is a traceable process along the primary root and different stages can be found along this longitudinal axis of time and development, root system architecture is complex and difficult to quantify. Here, we comment on assays to describe lateral root phenotypes and propose ways to move forward regarding the description of root system architecture, also considering crops and the environment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • De Smet, I; White, PJ; Bengough, AG; Dupuy, L; Parizot, B; Casimiro, I; Heidstra, R; Laskowski, M; Lepetit, M; Hochholdinger, F; Draye, X; Zhang, H; Broadley, MR; Péret, B; Hammond, JP; Fukaki, H; Mooney, S; Lynch, JP; Nacry, P; Schurr, U; Laplaze, L; Benfey, P; Beeckman, T; Bennett, M

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 15 - 20

PubMed ID

  • 22227890

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3289553

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-298X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-4651

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1105/tpc.111.094292


  • eng