Polar auxin transport (PAT) is critical in plant growth and development, especially polardifferentiation and pattern formation. Lots of studies have been performed in dicots while relative less inmonocots. Using two kinds of PAT inhibitors, 2, 3, 5-triiodobenzoic acid (TIBA) and 9-hydroxyfluorene-9-carboxylic acid (HFCA), it was shown that PAT is important for rice (Oryza sativa L cv. Zhonghua 11) rootdevelopment, including elongation of the primary roots, initiation and elongation of lateral roots, andformation of adventitious roots. Inhibition of PAT resulted in the shortened primary roots, less and short-ened lateral and adventitious roots. Exogenously supplemented NAA can partially rescue the formation ofadventitious roots but not lateral roots, while low concentration of NAA (0.1 μmol/L) could not rescueeither of them, suggesting the possible different mechanisms of lateral and adventitious root initiations.Treatment of 30 μrnol/L TIBA did not completely inhibit the initiation of lateral roots, and survival capaci-ties of which were demonstrated through cross section experiments revealing the presence of primordialof lateral roots at different stages. Further studies through localized application of PAT inhibitors indicatedthat auxin flow, transported from coleoptiles to the base, is not only responsible for the auxin contents instem nodes but also critical for initiation and elongation of adventitious roots.