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Plant biology

Plumbing the pattern of roots

The results of a powerful combination of computer modelling and experimental tests can account for the establishment of gradients of the plant molecule auxin and for major patterning elements in the plant root.

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Figure 1: The PIN-dependent formation of an auxin gradient, and patterning of plant roots.


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Veit, B. Plumbing the pattern of roots. Nature 449, 991–992 (2007).

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