We envision a resilient world dependent on the thoughtful cultivation of plants

Custom Plant Size

Articles: Custom Plant Size

Liquid cytoplasm in plants can be actively pushed from cell to cell, a necessary function to transport molecules associated with metabolism, respiration, defense, and communication. As part of the mechanism to accomplish this, plants use myosin, also found in human muscles, as the “motor” molecule. In the laboratory, scientists have synthesized chimeric myosin molecules, using parts from either algae or mammalian myosin, and inserted them into Arabidopsis (yes, again the lab rat of the plant world), to achieve different rates of cytoplasmic flow within the plant. Rate of cytoplasmic flow was a key determinant in the size of the plant.

Developmental Cell 27, 345–352...

READ THE WHOLE STORY


Join now to access new headline articles, archives back to 1977, and so much more.

Enjoy this article for FREE:

Articles: Calochortophilia: A Californian’s Love Affair with a Genus by Katherine Renz

If you are already a member, please log in using the form below.

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

Social Media

Garden Futurist Podcast

Most Popular

Videos

Topics

Related Posts

Powered By MemberPress WooCommerce Plus Integration

Your free newsletter starts here!

Don’t want to see this pop-up? Members, log-in here.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

Why do we ask for your zip code?

We do our best to make our educational content relevant for where you garden.

The information you provide to Pacific Horticulture is NEVER sold, shared, or rented to others.

Pacific Horticulture generally sends only two newsletters per Month.