Wind-evoked anemotropism affects the morphology and mechanical properties of Arabidopsis

Zhdanov, O. , Blatt, M. R. , Zare-Behtash, H. and Busse, A. (2021) Wind-evoked anemotropism affects the morphology and mechanical properties of Arabidopsis. Journal of Experimental Botany, 72(5), pp. 1906-1918. (doi: 10.1093/jxb/eraa541) (PMID:33206167)

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Plants are known to exhibit a thigmomorphogenetic response to mechanical stimuli by altering their morphology and mechanical properties. Wind is widely perceived as mechanical stress and in many experiments its influence is simulated by applying mechanical perturbations. However, it is known that wind-induced effects on plants can differ and at times occur even in the opposite direction compared to those induced by mechanical perturbations. In the present study the long-term response of Arabidopsis thaliana to a constant unidirectional wind was investigated. We found that exposure to wind resulted in a positive anemotropic response and in significant alterations to Arabidopsis morphology, mechanical properties, and anatomical tissue organisation that were associated with the plant’s acclimation strategy to a windy environment. Overall, the observed response of Arabidopsis to wind differs significantly from previously reported responses of Arabidopsis to mechanical perturbations. The presented results suggest that the Arabidopsis’ response is sensitive to the type of mechanical stimulus applied, and that it is not always straightforward to simulate one type of perturbation by another.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Blatt, Professor Michael and Zhdanov, Dr Oleksandr and Zare-Behtash, Dr Hossein and Busse, Professor Angela
Authors: Zhdanov, O., Blatt, M. R., Zare-Behtash, H., and Busse, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Molecular Biosciences
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Autonomous Systems and Connectivity
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of Experimental Botany
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1460-2431
Published Online:18 November 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Experimental Botany 72(5): 1906-1918
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
190699National Wind Tunnel FacilityFrank CotonEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/L024888/1ENG - Aerospace Sciences