Plants sacrifice their newborn cells of the root tip in order to survive cold temperature conditions and retain their own ‘stem cells’
An international research team from Novosibirsk State University (NSU), the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICG SB RAS), and the National University of Singapore have identified and analyzed the mechanism enabling plants to adapt to cold temperatures. This breakthrough was announced by NSU’s Computational Transcriptomic and Evolutionary Bioinformatics Laboratory (LCTEB)
It turns out that plants sacrifice their newborn cells of the root tip in order to survive cold temperature conditions and retain their own ‘stem cells.’ The study was published recently in Cell journal
Victoria Mironova, Ph.D. in Biology, the Head of LCTEB at NSU, Chief of the Sector for System Biology of Plant Morphogenesis at RAS Institute of Cytology and Genetics of Siberian Branch, commented.
“”Only a few stem cell daughters die under the chilling stress with the lifespan of these cells being very short also at normal conditions, whereas in contrast other tissues stay untouched