Electrical and mechanical fields orient cortical microtubules in higher plant tissues

Julia M. Hush*, Robyn L. Overall

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Abstract

Microtubules are a major component of the plant cytoskeleton. The factors which control the orientation of microtubules in plants are unknown. In this paper we describe preliminary findings that non-injurious electrical fields or mechanical fields, applied to pea roots, can cause a re-orientation of cortical microtubules which then lie in a plane approximately perpendicular to the direction of the applied field, within 6 hours. These results provide the first experimental evidence that physical fields can control the orientation of microtubules in plant tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-560
Number of pages10
JournalCell Biology International Reports
Volume15
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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