Annals of Botany

Growth–differentiation balance in stressed juvenile plants

Juvenile plants

The growth–differentiation balance hypothesis states that there is a physiological trade-off between growth and secondary metabolism. Cella Pizarro and Bisigato (pp. 297–307) investigate the response of six species subjected to differing water supply in terms of biomass and resource allocation. They find that drought affects growth-related processes rather than defence-related secondary metabolism or allocation, thus suggesting there may be limitations to the general applicability of the hypothesis.

About the author

Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison

Pat Heslop-Harrison is Professor of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cell Biology at the University of Leicester. He is also Chief Editor of Annals of Botany.