Systems approaches to study root architecture dynamics Journal Article


Author(s): Cuesta, Candela; Wabnik, Krzysztof; Benková, Eva
Article Title: Systems approaches to study root architecture dynamics
Affiliation IST Austria
Abstract: The plant root system is essential for providing anchorage to the soil, supplying minerals and water, and synthesizing metabolites. It is a dynamic organ modulated by external cues such as environmental signals, water and nutrients availability, salinity and others. Lateral roots (LRs) are initiated from the primary root post-embryonically, after which they progress through discrete developmental stages which can be independently controlled, providing a high level of plasticity during root system formation. Within this review, main contributions are presented, from the classical forward genetic screens to the more recent high-throughput approaches, combined with computer model predictions, dissecting how LRs and thereby root system architecture is established and developed.
Keywords: Lateral root; genetic screening; root system; transcript profiling; genomics studies; systems approach
Journal Title: Frontiers in Plant Science
Volume: 4
ISSN: 1664-462X
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation  
Date Published: 2013-12-11
Start Page: Article number: 537
Copyright Statement: CC BY 3.0
DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00537
Open access: yes (OA journal)