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Stomatal development: a plant's perspective on cell polarity, cell fate transitions and intercellular communication
On Sun Lau, Dominique C. Bergmann


The plant stomatal lineage manifests features common to many developmental contexts: precursor cells are chosen from an initially equivalent field of cells, undergo asymmetric and self-renewing divisions, communicate among themselves and respond to information from a distance. As we review here, the experimental accessibility of these epidermal lineages, particularly in Arabidopsis, has made stomata a conceptual and technical framework for the study of cell fate, stem cells, and cell polarity in plants.


  • Funding

    Work on stomatal development in the authors' laboratory was supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. O.S.L. was supported by the Croucher Foundation and D.C.B. is a Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Deposited in PMC for release after 12 months.

  • Competing interests statement

    The authors declare no competing financial interests.

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