Trichome cell morphogenesis in Arabidopsis: a continuum of cellular decisions

Mathur, Jaideep
April 2006
Canadian Journal of Botany;Apr2006, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p604
Academic Journal
In keeping with the myriad functions carried out by plants, their component cells display an amazing diversity of shapes and sizes. How is a precise cell form achieved? In recent years, the single-celled, branched, aerial epidermal trichome of Arabidopsis thaliana L. (Heynh) has emerged as a model cell for understanding the cell biological and molecular basis underlying the development of cell shape in plants. Here, I critique the recent information gleaned from dissecting trichome cell morphogenesis in Arabidopsis and identify areas and questions that can be further addressed using this unique cell type.


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