The genesis of form in bulrush millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) K. Schum.)

Metcalf, R.A. and Fernandez, A. and Williams, R.F. (1975) The genesis of form in bulrush millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) K. Schum.). Australian Journal of Botany, 23 (5). pp. 761-773.

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With the aid of 3-dimensional scale drawings the development of the shoot apex of bulrush millet was described from germination through its transition to the reproductive condition. The branch primordia of the inflorescence were arranged in regular spirals and this involved a transition from the distichous condition of the vegetative apex. A number of phenomena relating to this transition supported the view that physical constraint was a significant element in the determination of form, especially during early stages of development. Nevertheless, such constraint was seen mainly as a modifier of events at lower levels within the system. The new information was consistent with the mechanico-chemical field theory of phyllotaxis

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, Canberra, A.C.T., Australia 2601
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics/Genomics
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 01 May 2012 10:41
Last Modified: 01 May 2012 10:41
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