Structure and Function of Roots

Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Structure and Function of Roots, June 20–26, 1993, Stará Lesná, Slovakia

  • Editors
  • F. Baluška
  • M. Čiamporová
  • O. Gašparíková
  • P. W. Barlow

Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 58)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Structural Aspects of Root Growth and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexander Lux, Miloš Mikuš, Zora Hanáčková, Jozef Krištín
      Pages 27-31
    3. František Baluška, Peter W. Barlow, Štefan Kubica
      Pages 41-51
  3. Absorption, Transport and Utilization of Ions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. J. Sklenar, G. G. Fox, B. C. Loughman, A. D. B. Pannifer, R. G. Ratcliffe
      Pages 123-128
    3. F. A. Smith, S. Dickson, C. Morris, R. J. Reid, M. Tester, S. E. Smith
      Pages 155-161
    4. A. Szabó-Nagy, L. Erdei
      Pages 163-167
    5. O. Gašparíková, T. Pšenáková, M. Čiamporová, I. Haviarová, M. Luxová, S. Kašiarová
      Pages 169-173
    6. M. Mikuš, A. Lux, D. C. Crans, P. K. Shin, J. Krištín
      Pages 175-180
  4. Absorption and Transport of Water

  5. Root-Shoot Interactions

  6. Roots under Stress Conditions

About this book


In 1971, the late Dr. J. Kolek of the Institute of Botany, Bratislava, organized the first International Symposium devoted exclusively to plant roots. At that time, perhaps only a few of the participants, gathered together in Tatranska Lomnica, sensed that a new era of root meetings was beginning. Nevertheless, it is now clear that Dr. Kolek's action, undertaken with his characteristic enormous enthusiasm, was rather pioneering, for it started a series a similar meetings. Moreover, what was rather exceptional at the time was the fact that the meeting was devoted to the functioning of just a single organ, the root. One possible reason for the unexpected success of the original, perhaps naive, idea of a Root Symposium might lie with the fact that plant roots have always been extremely popular as experimental material for cytologists, biochemists and physiologists whishing to probe processes as diverse as cell division and solute transport. Of course, the connection of roots with the rest of the plant is not forgotten either. This wide variety of disciplines is now coupled with the development of increasingly sophisticated experimental techniques to study some of these old problems. These factors undoubtedly contribute to the necessity of continuing the tradition of the root symposia. The common theme of root function gives, in addition, a certain unity to all these diverse activities.


Absorption development growth root growth roots transport water

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4402-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3101-0
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