Unidirectional versus bidirectional brushing: simulating wind influence on Arabidopsis thaliana

Zhdanov, O. , Blatt, M. R. , Zare-Behtash, H. and Busse, A. (2022) Unidirectional versus bidirectional brushing: simulating wind influence on Arabidopsis thaliana. Quantitative Plant Biology, 3, e7. (doi: 10.1017/qpb.2021.14)

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Plants acclimate to various types of mechanical stresses through thigmomorphogenesis and alterations in their mechanical properties. Although resemblance between wind- and touch-induced responses provides the foundation for studies where wind influence was mimicked by mechanical perturbations, factorial experiments revealed that it is not always straightforward to extrapolate results induced by one type of perturbation to the other. To investigate whether wind-induced changes in morphological and biomechanical traits can be reproduced, we subjected Arabidopsis thaliana to two vectorial brushing treatments. Both treatments significantly affected the length, mechanical properties and anatomical tissue composition of the primary inflorescence stem. While some of the morphological changes were found to be in line with those induced by wind, changes in the mechanical properties exhibited opposite trends irrespective of the brushing direction. Overall, a careful design of the brushing treatment gives the possibility to obtain a closer match to wind-induced changes, including a positive tropic response.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by the University of Glasgow’s Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith (LKAS) PhD Scholarship
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 > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Quantitative Plant Biology
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):2632-8828
Published Online:11 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Quantitative Plant Biology 3: e7
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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