Chapter 2. Primary Responses of Gravity Sensing in Plants

  1. Dr.rer.nat. Enno Brinckmann Senior Biologist2,3
  1. Markus Braun

Published Online: 18 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617005.ch2

Biology in Space and Life on Earth: Effects of Spaceflight on Biological Systems

Biology in Space and Life on Earth: Effects of Spaceflight on Biological Systems

How to Cite

Braun, M. (2007) Primary Responses of Gravity Sensing in Plants, in Biology in Space and Life on Earth: Effects of Spaceflight on Biological Systems (ed E. Brinckmann), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527617005.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    ESA/HME-GPL, ESTEC, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    ESA (retired), Eschenweg 16, 26789 Leer, Germany

Author Information

  1. Institute of Plant Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology (IMBIO), Gravitational Biology Research Group, University of Bonn, Kirschallee 1, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 OCT 2007
  2. Published Print: 22 AUG 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527406685

Online ISBN: 9783527617005

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Keywords:

  • biology;
  • space;
  • life on earth;
  • gravity sensing;
  • plants;
  • gravity sensing cells;
  • statolith sedimentation;
  • gravitropic responses;
  • actin cytoskeleton;
  • gravireceptors

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction and Historical Background

  • Evolution of Gravity Sensing Mechanisms under the Earth's Gravity Conditions

  • Specific Location and Unique Features of Gravity Sensing Cells

  • Correlation between Statolith Sedimentation and Gravitropic Responses

  • Is the Actin Cytoskeleton Involved in Gravity Sensing?

  • Gravireceptors

  • Second Messengers in Gravisignalling

  • Modifying Gravitational Acceleration Forces – Versatile Tools for Studying Plant Gravity Sensing Mechanisms

  • Conclusions and Perspectives