How can we explain the phenotypic plasticity of adventitious root initiation?

Catherine Bellini

The root system of a plant is composed of the primary, lateral and adventitious roots. Lateral roots always develop from roots whereas adventitious roots (ARs) form from stem or leaf derived cells. Adventitious rooting is an essential step in artificial vegetative propagation of plants. In horticulture, agriculture and forestry, vegetative or clonal propagation is widely used to multiply elite genotypes obtained in breeding programs or selected from natural populations.

Proceedings of the 6th Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group