The Dynamics of Meristem Cell Populations

The Proceedings of a conference jointly organized by the Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics, The University of Rochester, and the Department of Biology, Syracuse University, and convened at Rochester, New York, August 19–21, 1971

  • Morton W. Miller
  • Charles C. Kuehnert

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Physiology of Meristems

  3. Structural Dynamics of Meristems

  4. Radiation as a Tool to Investigate Meristems

  5. Meristems as Radiobiological Test Systems

    1. John R. K. Savage, Morton W. Miller
      Pages 211-226
    2. C. F. Konzak, E. A. Favret
      Pages 227-249
    3. H. H. Smith
      Pages 271-291
  6. General Discussion and Synthesis; Conclusions

    1. Morton W. Miller, Charles Carroll Kuehnert, John R. K. Savage
      Pages 293-296
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-309

About this book


These proceedings are composed of three parts: 1) the indi­ vidual papers, 2) their discussions, and 3) a retrospective summa­ tion of the meeting's deliberations. If we were to suggest a start­ ing place for reading it would probably be the summation --it at­ tempts to place the various papers and discussions into a general context and to point out relevant ideas of current knowledge and of potentially useful avenues for further research. The papers and discussions deal more specifically with the indiviaual topics. It is hoped that the tone and tenor of the meeting are some­ what reflected in its proceedings. The emphasis today in biological research is quite "ecumenical" in outlook in that often techniques and conclusions from one discipline have relevance and applicability to another. For example, the elucidation of the DNA synthetic stage during interphase was first accomplished with botanical material; this technique has since had a broad and significant role in medical research. Also, the pioneering and now classical studies regarding the effects of ionizing radiation on plant chromosomes were, and still are, the foundation for studying mammalian chromosomes: it re­ quired only the discovery of a hypotonic medium to achieve spreading of them so that similar types of analyses were possible. Plants and plant cells have many unique features which allow them to be useful either for the study of specific botanical problems, or for studying broad biological principles.


Embryo biological cell division cells chromosome development ionizing lateral roots paper phase physiology plant plants root meristems roots

Editors and affiliations

  • Morton W. Miller
    • 1
  • Charles C. Kuehnert
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Radiation Biology and Biophysics School of Medicine and DentistryThe University of RochesterRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-3209-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-3207-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0065-2598
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