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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 1999 Feb;2(1):44-50.

Shoot meristem formation and maintenance.

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  • 1Lehrstuhl für Entwicklungsgenetik Universität Tübingen Auf der Morgenstelle 1 D-72076 Tübingen Federal Republic of Germany.


The shoot apical meristem of higher plants is a self-maintaining stem cell system which gives rise to the entire above-ground part of a plant. In the past year, genetic and molecular studies have provided increasing insight into the processes of shoot meristem formation and maintenance, as well as into the relation between the apical meristem and its products.

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