Juvenility, Maturity and Senescence

  • Richard N. Arteca


During its life cycle the plant undergoes embryonic, juvenile, transitional (between juvenile and mature), and mature (adult) phases of growth and development followed by senescence and death. The juvenile phase in some species has a distinctive morphology of leaves, stems, and other structures which are no longer present when the plant becomes mature. Once the plant reaches maturity, flowering can be induced by appropriate external cues. The change from mature to senescent conditions typically involves the deterioration of many synthetic reactions leading to the death of the plant, thereby completing the cycle.


Senescence Process Apical Meristem Methyl Jasmonate Exogenous Application Ethylene Biosynthesis 
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  • Richard N. Arteca
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  1. 1.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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