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The structure of the stem endodermis in etiolated pea seedlingsDifferentiation of the endodermis was examined in third internodes of etiolated Pisum sativum L. cv. Alaska seedlings. The endodermis in young internodes contains large, sedimented amyloplasts; in older internodes, a casparian strip differentiates and the endodermis becomes depleted of starch except for the proximal region of the stem, which retains sedimented amyloplasts and remains graviresponsive. Sedimentation occurs in the hook but does not occur consistently until cells reach the base of the hook, where the axis becomes vertical, rapid cell elongation starts, and amyloplast diameter increases substantially. Contact between endoplasmic reticulum and amyloplasts was observed. Endoplasmic reticulum is not distributed polarly with respect to gravity. No symplastic or apoplastic blockages exist in the endodermis at the level of the stem where lateral gradients may be established during tropic curvature.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Sack, F. D.
(Ohio State University Columbus 43210-1293, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: Canadian journal of botany
Volume: 65
Issue: 7
ISSN: 0008-4026
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
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Distribution Limits
Non-NASA Center
NASA Discipline Number 40-10
NASA Program Space Biology
NASA Discipline Plant Biology

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