Plant Mol Biol (2006) 62:481–482 DOI 10.1007/s11103-006-9052-8 LETTER T O T HE EDIT OR Comment on ‘‘Something on the side: axillary meristems and plant development.’’ by Tom Bennett and Ottoline Leyser, Plant Molecular Biology 60 (2006) 843–854 Alexandru M. F. Tomescu Received: 16 June 2006 / Accepted: 7 July 2006 / Published online: 29 August 2006 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006 Depending on the system of classiﬁcation adopted, the molecular biology, and it could be argued that refer- diversity of living plants is unevenly distributed be- ence to ﬂowering plants was implicit. However, this tween 10 and 12 phyla. At least six extinct phyla are also illustrates the pervasiveness of the reductionist added to these to complete the image that we have paradigm. This paradigm has its virtues and has led to presently of the overall systematic diversity of the important discoveries in many ﬁelds of plant biology, organisms classiﬁed as land plants or embryophytes. but as scientists we always have to keep in mind the whole picture and to be aware what proportion of this Among these, true axillary meristems are known only in ﬁve living (plus two extinct) phyla that comprise the picture is inﬂuenced by our
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