The Shoot is the production center for a plant. It is the organ system that gives rise to stems, leaves, and flowers. The Shoot System is functionally responsible for food production and reproduction.
Shoot Apical Meristem
Shoot Apical Meristem is the region in the growing shoot containing meristematic cells. The shoot apical meristem contains multipotent stem cells and produces primordia that develop into all the above ground organs of a plant.
While the Shoot Apical Meristem maintains its meristematic property throughout the life of a plant, the Floral Meristem undergoes precise processes of initiation, maintenance and termination to ensure proper reproductive development and metagenesis.
Shoot Organogenesis is one of the in vitro plant regeneration pathways. It has been widely employed in plant biotechnology for in vitro micropropagation and genetic transformation, as well as in study of plant development.
Leaf Development is the gradual process of the acquisition of leaf shape and size, from leaf initiation to a mature functional leaf to senescence. The establishment of the basic form of the leaf during the early stages of Leaf Development.
The Floral Transition is a critical developmental change in a plant's life cycle that is marked by the switch from vegetative to reproductive growth.
Cell-to-Cell Communication in Plants
Plasmodesmata are cytoplasmic strands that interconnect cells and form an intercellular communication network within a plant body. They are highly dynamic in terms of their biogenesis, structural modifications, and transport functions.