Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 5, 471-480 (June 2004) | doi:10.1038/nrm1404

Article series: Plant Biology

Plant trichomes: a model for cell differentiation

Martin Hülskamp1  About the author


During the past few years, the focus in plant developmental biology has shifted from studying the organization of the whole body or individual organs towards the behaviour of the smallest unit of the organism, the single cell. Plant leaf hairs, or trichomes, serve as an excellent model system to study all aspects of plant differentiation at the single-cell level, including the choice of cell fate, developmental control of the cell cycle, cell polarity and the control of cell shape.

Author affiliations

  1. University of Köln, Botanical Institute III, Gyrhofstras zlige 15, 50931 Köln, Germany.


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