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Plant Roots
The Hidden Half

Third edition
edited by Yoav Waisel

This reference presents the latest developments in the study of root origin, composition, formation, and behavior for the production of novel pharmaceutical and medicinal compounds, agrochemicals, dyes, flavors, and pesticides.

Plant Roots: The Hidden Half:

  • contains detailing recent breakthroughs in genetics, molecular biology, growth
  • discusses the role of root-specific genes in the control of root structure and function, substance physiology, biotechnology, and biomechanics
  • analyzes interactions between roots and their environment
  • studies the effect of pH stress on root growth
  • evaluates modern tools and techniques for root investigation, such as micropropagation, root architecture modeling, and vibrating microelectrodes
  • explores the physiological characteristics of roots from differing ecological groups
  • addresses specific topics including micropropagation, root signals, environmental sensing, and direction finding
  • examines root growth hormones and their effects
  • investigates the genetics of major crop plants

This book is the authoritative source for environmental, crop, and soil scientists and technologists; plant scientists, physiologists, nutritionists, breeders, geneticists, and pathologists; botanists; agronomists; agriculturists; foresters; microbiologists; nematologists; entomologists; and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in these disciplines.


  1. The Origin and Characteristics of Roots
    • The Origin of Roots
    • Characteristics and Functions of Root Systems

  2. The Root System: Structure and Development
    • The Root Cap: Structure and Function
    • Cellular Patterning in Root Meristems: Its Origins and Significance
    • Root Hairs: Hormones and Tip Molecules
    • Secondary Growth of Roots: A Cell Biological Perspective
    • The Kinematics of Primary Growth
    • Lateral Root Initiation
    • Functional Diversity of Various Constituents of a Single Root System
    • Biomechanics of Tree Root Anchorage
    • Root Systems of Arboreal Plants
    • Root–Shoot Relations: Optimality in Acclimation and Adaptation or the“Emperor’s New Clothes”?
    • Root Lifespan, Efficiency, and Turnover

  3. Root Genetics
    • Maize Root System and Genetic Analysis of Its Formation
    • Root Architecture—Wheat as a Model Plant
    • Banana Roots: Architecture and Genetics
    • Molecular Root Bioengineering

  4. Research Techniques for Root Studies
    • Root Research Methods
    • Aeroponics: A Tool for Root Research Under Minimal Environmental Restrictions
    • Use of Microsensors for Studying the Physiological Activity of Plant Roots
    • Rooting of Micropropagules
    • Modeling Root System Architecture

  5. The Regulation of Root Growth
    • Auxins in the Biology of Roots
    • Gibberellins
    • Roots and Cytokinins
    • Abscisic Acid in Roots—Biochemistry and Physiology
    • Role of Ethylene in Coordinating Root Growth and Development
    • Root Signals
    • Environmental Sensing and Directional Growth of Plant Roots
    • Root Growth and Gravireaction: A Critical Study of Hormone and Regulator Implications
    • Calcium and Gravitropism

  6. Physiological Aspects of Root Systems
    • Respiratory Patterns in Roots in Relation to Their Functioning
    • Root pH Regulation
    • Nutrient Absorption by Plant Roots: Regulation of Uptake to Match Plant Demand
    • Dynamics of Nutrient Movement at the Soil–Root Interface
    • Root-Induced Changes in the Availability of Nutrients in the Rhizosphere
    • Simulation of Ion Uptake from the Soil
    • Soil Water Uptake and Water Transport Through Root Systems
    • Ecological Aspects of Water Permeability of Roots
    • Inorganic Carbon Utilization by Root Systems

  7. Root Growth Under Stress
    • Temperature Effects on Root Growth
    • Root Growth and Metabolism Under Oxygen Deficiency
    • Trace Element Stress in Roots
    • Root Growth Under Salinity Stress
    • High Soil Strength: Mechanical Forces at Play on Root Morphogenesis and in Root: Shoot Signaling
    • Plant Roots Under Aluminum Stress: Toxicity and Tolerance

  8. Root–Rhizosphere Interaction
    • Root–Bacteria Interactions: Symbiotic N2 Fixation
    • Plant Growth Promotion by Rhizosphere Bacteria
    • Fungal Root Endophytes
    • Mycorrhizae—Rhizosphere Determinants of Plant Communities
    • Root–Nematode Interactions: Recognition and Pathogenicity
    • Interactions of Soilborne Pathogens with Roots and Aboveground Plant Organs

  9. Roots of Various Ecological Groups
    • Ecophysiology of Roots of Desert Plants, with Special Emphasis on Agaves and Cacti
    • Contractile Roots
    • Roots of Banksia spp. (Proteaceae) with Special Reference to Functioning of Their Specialized Proteoid Root Clusters
    • Ecophysiology of Roots of Aquatic Plants

  10. Roots of Economic Value
    • Roots as a Source of Food
    • Underground Plant Metabolism: The Biosynthetic Potential of Roots
    • Roots as a Source of Metabolites with Medicinal Activity


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    Plant Roots: The Hidden Half 3rd Edition
    edited by Yoav Waisel, Amram Eshel and Uzi Kafkaf
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