Genetical variation in efficiency of plant root systems

  • Nasir El Bassam
Part of the Developments in Plant and Soil Sciences book series (DPSS, volume 4)


Genes are ultimately responsible for all physiological, developmental and morphological characteristics of plants. About 30 per cent of the plant genome contributes more or less in growth and development of roots [4]. Therefore it is of a great interest for plant breeders to consider specific root features in selection programmes. Aspects of the efficiency and results of the experimental approach will be discussed in this contribution.


Root Zone Yield Potential Spring Barley Soil Water Potential Selection Programme 
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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers, The Hague/Boston/London 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nasir El Bassam
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  1. 1.Federal Research Centre of AgricultureInstitute of Crop Science and Plant BreedingBraunschweigGermany

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