Genomic Manipulation of Plant Materials for Adventitious Rooting Research

  • Don E. Riemenschneider
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 62)


Knowledge of internal controls on adventitious root formation is necessary to understand both the fundamental developmental biology of rooting and to improve rooting for commercial purposes (Haissig et al., 1992). Yet, the array of physiological and biochemical processes involved in rooting is so large (Davis et al., 1988) that controls—i.e, factors that regulate rooting at will and without exception (Haissig et al., 1992)—have been difficult to identify. Such complexity suggests that studies designed to test single-factor hypotheses require more highly refined reductionist experimental approaches than are currently employed. One possible methodology involves contrasts between experimental plant genotypes or populations that do and do not consistently initiate roots when subjected to an experimental protocol [Haissig et al. (1992); see the chapter by Ernst in this volume]. Contrasting genotypes permit the comparison of putative single-factor controls in both the on (rooting) and off (non-rooting) condition without the need for traumatic experimental treatments that may have manifold side-effects. Unfortunately, suitable plant materials are not generally available, which limits genetic studies of rooting in many important species, especially woody plants.


Selective Breeding Adventitious Root Formation Control Coefficient Genomic Modification Pathway Flux 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Don E. Riemenschneider
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  1. 1.USDA Forest Service North Central Forest Experiment StationForestry Sciences LaboratoryRhinelanderUSA

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