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Annu Rev Plant Biol. 2002;53:131-58.

Abscission, dehiscence, and other cell separation processes.

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Division of Plant Science, School of Biosciences, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD, United Kingdom.


Cell separation is a critical process that takes place throughout the life cycle of a plant. It enables roots to emerge from germinating seeds, cotyledons, and leaves to expand, anthers to dehisce, fruit to ripen, and organs to be shed. The focus of this review is to examine how processes such as abscission and dehiscence are regulated and the ways new research strategies are helping us to understand the mechanisms involved in bringing about a reduction in cell-to-cell adhesion. The opportunities for using this information to manipulate cell separation for the benefit of agriculture and horticulture are evaluated.

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