tiller

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tiller

a branch that forms from the base of a plant or the axils of the lower leaves. Such ‘tillering’ is common in cereal plants.
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For the two locations in 1999, plants of parent GG(C23) tillered frequently.
After all, it only takes a single larva to take out a whole plant in January if it hasn't tillered before infestation.
By the end of the experiment the seed addition quadrats had 3.9 times as many 3-4 tillered plants and 2.4 times as many 5-7 tillered plants as the controls.