Caffeine's effect on plants
joseph.holtum at jcu.edu.au
Wed May 7 17:09:56 EST 1997
A recent programme on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp...not the other!)
was dedicated to the effects of caffeine on biological systems (mainly
animal I think....I didn't see it) .... the text is on the net ...I'm not
sure of the address, but if you go searching under ABC you should find it.
Caffeic acid (which you might look up rather than caffeine) is a potent
inhibitor of plant cell division (mitosis). Seeds that are germinated on
filter paper containing caffeic acid tend to have swollen root tips because
the cells enlarge but do not divide. The phenology is similar to that
exhibited by the dinitroaniline herbicides such as trifluralin and
pendimethalin that are inhibitors of microtubule formation (I don't think
caffeic acid is a microtubule inhibitor).
CAM rules!.....but what ARE the rules?
Department of Tropical Plant Sciences,
James Cook University of North Queensland,
Townsville, North Queensland 4811
Telephone:- (077) 81 4391 (lab); 79 5252 (home)
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electronic mail:- joseph.holtum at jcu.edu.au
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