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Volume 68, Issue 1
1 January 2017
ISSN 0022-0957
EISSN 1460-2431
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Special Issue: Making Connections: Plant Vascular Tissue Development



There have been several recent mathematical models of vascular patterning in roots; we test the findings of these models and present a combined model taking each aspect into account.


Based on the evolution of the key transcription factors for vascular cell differentiation, how land plants evolved molecular systems to produce the conducting cells was discussed.

Secondary tissues such as wood are produced by the cambial meristem. This review focuses upon the mechanisms that regulate cellular divisions within the cambium.

This review summarizes the history of ERECTA (ER) research including studies on stomatal development, then introduces ER functions in vascular tissues and discusses its interactions with phytohormones and other receptor pathways.

Multiple aspects of plant vascular development are controlled by HD-ZIP III transcription factors. This review highlights factors that control, and are controlled by, HD-ZIP IIIs to co-ordinate vascular morphogenesis.

Companion cells are known for their role in phloem loading, but they are also involved in relevant functions for plant fitness, such as flowering, the clock, or organ morphogenesis.

In perennial trees, cycles of cambial stem cell quiescence in winter and reactivation of cambial activity in spring can be repeated for hundreds of years. The environmental and hormonal control of cambial stem cell dynamics is reviewed.

This review addresses the issue of secondary growth quantification. We highlight recent methods for automated cellular phenotyping and its possible applications.

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