rain flattening prior to lodging

R.G. Walters mbrgw at s-crim1.dl.ac.uk
Fri Jun 18 06:20:08 EST 1993


In article <1993Jun18.093650.6503 at gserv1.dl.ac.uk> ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk writes:
>Does the repeated flattening and recovery of young crops by heavy rain
>and wind result in adaptation of the crop to mechanical stress?

There was a "celebrated" case of a piece of Arabidopsis work looking at
gene induction in response to some treatment or other (sorry, can't
remember the details). They saw a beautiful response - but then found they
got the same response if they lifted up the tray and shook it every day.
They had been inducing THIS response during their treatment.  It seems likely
that this is the first step in such an acclimative response.

Robin Walters.                      Robert Hill Institute, Sheffield UK.

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