The Maize Root System: Morphology, Anatomy, and Genetics

  • Frank Hochholdinger


Maize root system architecture is determined by distinct embryonic and postembryonic root types that are formed during different phases of development. While embryonically preformed roots dominate the early seedling root system, the adult root stock is determined by an extensive shoot borne root stock. Although the cellular organization of all root types is similar specific mutants imply complex genetic programs that regulate maize root system formation. Recently, the first genes that are involved in shoot borne root formation and root hair formation have been cloned. Moreover, proteome and cell type specific transcriptome analyses gave initial cues on the complex molecular networks involved in maize root system development.


Lateral Root Root Hair Primary Root Maize Root Seminal Root 
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Root research in FHs laboratory is supported by the Deutsche Forschung-sgemeinschaft (DFG) grants HO2249/4; HO2249/6; SFB446 B16 and a research grant by DuPont Crop Science.


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