American Journal of Potato Research

, Volume 81, Issue 4, pp 275–280 | Cite as

Comparing potato tuberization and sprouting: Opposite phenomena?

  • Dick Vreugdenhil


The regulation of tuber formation and tuber sprouting are compared. As a starting point it is hypothesized that these two phenomena are opposite to each other. This idea is tested from three points of view: hormonal regulation, gene expression, and carbohydrate metabolism. It is concluded that there is only limited evidence to support the hypothesis. On the contrary, several examples are given indicating that similar mechanisms might be operative during tuber formation and tuber sprouting.

Additional Key Words

carbohydrate metabolism gene expression hormones Solanum tuberosum 


Se comparait los métodos de formación y brotamiento del tubérculo. Se parte de la hipótesis que estos fenómenos son opuestos entre sí. Esta idea ha sido probada desde tres puntos de vista: regulación hormonal, expresión de los genes y metabolismo de carbohidratos. Se concluye que sólo existe evidencia limitada para defender estas hipótesis. Por el contrario se dan varios ejemplos que indican que mecanismos similares podrian ser operativos durante la formación y brotamiento del tubérculo.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Physiology, Graduate School Experimental Plant SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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