Growth by Branching


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Growth by Branching
1010103Growth by BranchingThere are a large number of organisms that do not grow by a pattern similar to the simple cycle of cell growth followed by a division yielding two new cells. In filamentous organisms such as molds and in root cultures of higher plants, growth occurs by elongation and branching. New cells and/or biomass is formed primarily in the tip or apical region, and formation of lateral branches occurs in a region behind the tip of the parent branch or, in fungal hyphae, by bifurcation of the parent tip. In roots of higher plants, cells that leave the tip cease to divide and undergo a process known as terminal differentiation,…
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Martin A. Hjortsø: Population Balances in Biomedical Engineering: Segregation through the Distribution of Cell States. Growth by Branching, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006), AccessEngineering Export