Lecture Powerpoint

Nice table comparing and contrasting features of plant and animal development

"Plasticity" section of table is now empty (?), but used to say this (in German -- this is a translation): "If, for example, a shoot is nibbled by a herbivore, axillary meristems often grow out to substitute for the lost part. This strategy resembles (limb) regeneration in some animals. Whole plants can even be regenerated from single cells. Furthermore, the form of a plant (including branching, height and relative portions of vegetative and reproductive structures) is strongly affected by environmental factors such as light and temperature, resulting in a great variety of morphologies from the same genotype. This amazing level of plasticity helps plants compensate for their lack of mobility."

Van Lijsebettens, M., et al. (2005). Historical perspectives on plant developmental biology. Int J Dev Biol 49: 453-65.

Walbot, V., et al. (2003). Unique features of the plant life cycle and their consequences. Nat Rev Genet 4: 369-79.

  Meyerowitz, E. M. (2002). Plants compared to animals: the broadest comparative study of development. Science 295: 1482-5.
  Meyerowitz, E. M. (1999). Plants, animals and the logic of development. Trends Cell Biol 9: M65-8.

Plant versus Animal Development