Growth and Development

Growth and Development - Growth and Development

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Growth and Development “Development” and “growth” are sometimes used interchangeably in conversation, but in a botanical  sense they describe separate events in the organization of the mature plant body. Development  is the progression from earlier to later stages in maturation, e.g. a fertilized egg  develops  into a mature tree. It is the process whereby tissues, organs, and whole plants are  produced. It involves:  growth morphogenesis  (the acquisition of form and structure), and  differentiation . The interactions of the environment and the genetic instructions inherited by the  cells determine how the plant develops.  Growth  is the irreversible change in size of cells and plant organs due to both  cell division   and  enlargement . Enlargement necessitates a change in the elasticity of the cell walls together with an  increase in the size and water content of the vacuole. Growth can be 
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course BIO 1421 taught by Professor Farr during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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