Journal of Horticulture

Journal of Horticulture
Open Access

ISSN: 2376-0354


AG Watson

Food Systems International Corporation, Berkeley, USA

  • Short Communication   
    Observations on the Role of Adventitious-Root-Holdfasts in Juvenile to Adult Transition in Black Pepper
    Author(s): AG Watson*

    The exogenous factors which influence the timing of transition from vegetative to adult form in different plant species include: time, (age); photoperiod; light intensity; light spectrum; temperature stress; and nutrient availability [1-3]. Observations of about 75,000 black pepper plants derived from rooted cuttings and 12,500 plants derived from tissue culture revealed that formation of functioning holdfasts, formed by adventitious roots growing from the nodes of orthotropic stems onto a solid substrate, was required before plagiotropic flowering stems were produced. In a review of the literature, we could find no references documenting the precursory role of holdfasts in the juvenile to adult transition, even though many species of woody vines and lianas exhibit juvenile to .. View More»

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