Whole Plant Genetics in the Study of Plant Ontogeny

  • Peter M. Gresshoff
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 32)


One of the major factors stimulating the expansion of cell culture research and the growth of somatic cell genetics in plants was the assumption that many genetical processes were infrequent at the whole plant level. Thus, cellular approaches were needed to isolate products of events such as recombination, transformation, and somatic variation. Additionally, plant cell culture expanded as it offered a technique by which one could investigate the factors controlling differentiation and dedifferentiation in plant tissue. Another impetus came from the view that somatic cell and organ culture could be used to propagate clonally advantageous material.


Nitrogen Fixation Root Hair Plant Cell Culture Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation Infection Thread 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter M. Gresshoff
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  1. 1.Department of Botany/GeneticsAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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