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Correlation Between Growth and Development


Independece of growth and development is one of the fundamental postulates of Lysenko's theory of phasic development1. Evidence has, however, accumulated to demonstrate that under optimum conditions of nutrition the rate and the magnitude of the different components of growth are influenced by the developmental process of a plant. It has been shown, for example, that "obligatory minimal growth" must precede flower formation2,3,4. The same workers have also shown that the carbon–nitrogen ratio is not the causal factor for the onset of flowering even under diverse nitrogen supply. Purvis3 observed in the case of winter and summer rye that "stem growth is in some way correlated with flowering". Kuleshov5 has worked out correlations between number of leaves, height, and duration of the vegetative phase from a world collection of maize varieties. In the case of soybeans a close physiological connexion and correlation exist between the phenomena of growth and development6. Direct correlations also exist between the length of different phases and certain plant characteristics and processes, such as winter hardiness, drought resistance, enzymic complex, assimilatory rate, and others1,7,8,9.

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CHINOY, J. Correlation Between Growth and Development. Nature 164, 879–880 (1949).

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