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Root Hairs

Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Robert William Ridge
  • Anne Mie C. Emons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages ii-xvi
  2. Moira E. Galway
    Pages 1-15
  3. Joachim Goedhart, Theodorus W. J. Gadella Jr.
    Pages 65-94
  4. Robert W. Ridge, Charlotta A. Fredriksson
    Pages 95-100
  5. Masayuki Katsumi, Mariko Izumo, Robert W. Ridge
    Pages 101-114
  6. Roger R. Lew
    Pages 115-139
  7. Tatiana Bibikova, Simon Gilroy
    Pages 141-163
  8. Hubert H. Felle, Almut Herrmann
    Pages 165-178
  9. John Schiefelbein
    Pages 197-209
  10. Alison Cavell, Claire S. Grierson
    Pages 211-221
  11. Helen R. Irving, Nawal M. Boukli, Marilyn N. Kelly, William J. Broughton
    Pages 241-265
  12. Andrea Jahraus, Ton Bisseling
    Pages 267-283
  13. Frédérique C. Guinel, Ann M. Hirsch
    Pages 285-310
  14. T. V. Bhuvaneswari, Bjørn Solheim
    Pages 311-327
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 329-336

About this book


Root hairs are tip-growing cells that originate from epidennal cells called trichoblasts. Their role may be simply thought of as extending the surface area of the root to facilitate absorption of nutrients and water. However, as you will see in this book, the root hair is far more than that. To an increasingly larger number of plant biologists, the root hair is a model cell. It grows in much the same way as a pollen tube, by sending vast numbers of vesicles containing cell wall precursors to a rounded apical dome, the tip. Once the trichoblast becomes committed to root hair fonnation, it no longer divides. The root hair cell has a migrating nucleus and a complex cytoskeleton. It has a varied cell wall. It is easy to observe through differential interference contrast microscopy because there are no other cells around it to disturb the image. Cytoplasmic streaming is exceptionally clear, and amyloplasts and even mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum can be seen without reporter labelling in some species. Root hair mutants are easy to distinguish and catalogue. Plant honnones are involved in their growth and development. It is thus an almost ideal plant cell for experimental manipulation and observation. The root hair is also involved in interactions with soil microbes, as you will learn from later chapters of the book.


biology cell cell biology cellulose cytoskeleton development gene expression genetics membrane molecular biology mycorrhiza physiology plant regulation symbiose

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert William Ridge
    • 1
  • Anne Mie C. Emons
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biology Division of Natural SciencesInternational Christian UniversityMitaka, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Plant SciencesWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Root Hairs
  • Book Subtitle Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Editors R.W. Ridge
    A.M.C. Emons
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-70282-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-68372-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-68370-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 336
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Sciences
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