Scientists discover oldest plant root stem cells

Fri June 3rd, 2016

Two papers reporting breakthrough discoveries in root evolution were published today in Current Biology. Holger Brueninger and co-workers discovered how a genetic mechanism that controls the development of rooting cells has evolved over the past 470 million years. Sandy Hetherington and co-workers discovered the oldest meristem in which the organisation of stem cells in a root has been preserved.

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(16)30466-3.pdf

http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(16)30414-6.pdf

 

Offical press release:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2016-06-02-scientists-discover-oldest-plant-root-stem-cells

 

Further media attention: 

International business news: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/320-million-year-old-plant-stem-cells-discovered-long-lost-species-frozen-time-1563385

The Mail online: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3622134/The-world-s-oldest-plant-root-320-million-year-old-fossilised-stem-cells-giant-rainforest-differently-trees-grew.html

Phys.Org: http://phys.org/news/2016-06-scientists-oldest-root-stem-cells.html