on may 4th 2018, post-doctoral researcher, zhouyun wei, publishes a review article as first author in journal of integrative plant biology, a renowned international academic journal. this article is focused on how receptor-like kinases (rlks) regulate root hair development, an essential physiological event in plant growth. root hairs are tubular outgrowths specifically differentiated from epidermal cells in a differentiation zone. the formation of root hairs greatly increases the surface area of a root and maximizes its ability to absorb water and inorganic nutrients essential for plant growth and development. root hair development is strictly regulated by intracellular and intercellular signal communications. cell surface‐localized receptor‐like protein kinases (rlks) have been shown to be important components in these cellular processes. in this review, the author discuss the functions of a number of key rlks in regulating arabidopsis root hair development, especially those involved in root epidermal cell fate determination and root hair tip growth.
the first author, zhuoyun wei, is a post-doctoral researcher in school of life sciences at lanzhou university. her advisor is professor. jia li, dean of school of life sciences and director of ministry of education key laboratory of cell activities and stress adaptations. this work is supported by national natural science foundation of china and china postdoctoral science foundation.