J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2019, Vol. 61 ›› Issue (10): 1034-1035.DOI: 10.1111/jipb.12868

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A little goes a long way: CLE peptides mediate phloem initiation

Amala John* and Zachary L. Nimchuk*   

  1. Department of Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

    *Correspondences:
    Email: Amala John (ajohn46@email.unc. edu); Zachary L. Nimchuk (zackn@email.unc.edu)
  • Received:2019-08-16 Accepted:2019-08-23 Online:2019-08-27 Published:2019-10-01

Abstract: The root system of a tree can often extend many‐fold the diameter of the tree; it provides physical support, dissolved minerals and water but relies on a constant supply of nutrients from photosynthetically active tissues in aboveground organs. The phloem is responsible for such transport and the success of a plant relies heavily on the integrity of the phloem in its root system.

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