American Potato Journal

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 57–60 | Cite as

Anatomical evidence for the existence of roots on potato tubers and stolons

  • B. Esther Struckmeyer
  • Jiwan P. Palta
Short Communication


Roots on potato tubers and stolons displayed the normal root anatomy which consisted of a central vascular cylinder surrounded by endodermis with Casparian strips, the cortex and epidermis. Tuber roots appear to initiate from the parenchyma cells adjacent to the vascular tissue. Shoot tips were similar to normal apical meristems. These observations support our research demonstrating the growth of functional roots from potato tubers and stolons.

Key Words

Tuber roots stolon roots root anatomy 


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© Springer 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Esther Struckmeyer
    • 1
  • Jiwan P. Palta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HorticultureUniversity of WisconsinMadison

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