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Root Hairs

Cell and Molecular Biology

Editors: Ridge, R.W., Emons, A.M.C. (Eds.)

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Root hairs are tip-growing cells that originate from epidennal cells called trichoblasts. Their role may be simply thought of as extending the surface area of the root to facilitate absorption of nutrients and water. However, as you will see in this book, the root hair is far more than that. To an increasingly larger number of plant biologists, the root hair is a model cell. It grows in much the same way as a pollen tube, by sending vast numbers of vesicles containing cell wall precursors to a rounded apical dome, the tip. Once the trichoblast becomes committed to root hair fonnation, it no longer divides. The root hair cell has a migrating nucleus and a complex cytoskeleton. It has a varied cell wall. It is easy to observe through differential interference contrast microscopy because there are no other cells around it to disturb the image. Cytoplasmic streaming is exceptionally clear, and amyloplasts and even mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum can be seen without reporter labelling in some species. Root hair mutants are easy to distinguish and catalogue. Plant honnones are involved in their growth and development. It is thus an almost ideal plant cell for experimental manipulation and observation. The root hair is also involved in interactions with soil microbes, as you will learn from later chapters of the book.

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)
  • Root Hair Ultrastructure and Tip Growth

    Pages 1-15

    Galway, Moira E.

  • The Role of Microtubules in Root Hair Growth and Cellulose Microfibril Deposition

    Pages 17-28

    Ketelaar, Tijs (et al.)

  • The Root Hair Actin Cytoskeleton as Backbone, Highway, Morphogenetic Instrument and Target for Signalling

    Pages 29-52

    Esseling, John (et al.)

  • Cell Cleaving: A Method for Studying the Extracellular Matrix-Cytoskeleton-Plasma Membrane Continuum in Root Hairs

    Pages 53-64

    Emons, Anne Mie C. (et al.)

  • Advanced Fluorescence Microspectroscopic Methods for the Study of Single Living Root Hairs

    Pages 65-94

    Goedhart, Joachim (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Root Hairs
Book Subtitle
Cell and Molecular Biology
Editors
  • R.W. Ridge
  • A.M.C. Emons
Copyright
2000
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Tokyo
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-68370-4
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-68370-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-70282-5
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-68372-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 336
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