How water flow, geometry and material properties drive plant movements

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Plants are dynamic. They adjust their shape for feeding, defence and reproduction. Such plant movements are critical for their survival. We present selected examples covering a range of movements from single cell to tissue level and over a range of timescales. We focus on reversible turgor-driven shape changes. Recent insights into the mechanisms of stomata, bladderwort, the waterwheel and the Venus flytrap are presented. The underlying physical principles (turgor, osmosis, membrane permeability, wall stress, snap buckling, elastic instability) are highlighted and advances in our understanding of these processes are summarised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3549-3560
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number14
Early online date11 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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