Chapter 3. Physiological Responses of Higher Plants

  1. Dr.rer.nat. Enno Brinckmann Senior Biologist2,3
  1. Dieter Volkmann and
  2. František Baluška

Published Online: 18 OCT 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527617005.ch3

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

Volkmann, D. and Baluška, F. (2007) Physiological Responses of Higher 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.ch3

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 Cellular and Molecular Botany (IZBM), Plant Cell Biology, University of Bonn, Kirschallee 1, 53115 Bonn, Germany

  1. This chapter is dedicated to Dr. Wolfgang Briegleb, one of the nestors of Gravitational and Space Biology, who died tragically by accident on the 16th of September 2006.

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;
  • microgravity as stress factor;
  • gravity-related paradoxes;
  • gravity and evolution;
  • physiological responses;
  • higher plants

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: Historical Overview

  • Terminological Aspects

  • Microgravity as a Tool

    • Equipment

    • Testable Hypotheses

      • Gravisensitivity

      • Stimulus Transformation: Role of the Actomyosin System

      • Extracellular Matrix as Anti-gravitational Material

      • Existence of Gravity (Microgravity) Related Genes

      • Autonomous versus Directed Movements

  • Microgravity as Stress Factor

    • Cellular Level

    • Developmental Aspects

  • Gravity-related Paradoxes

  • Gravity and Evolution

  • Conclusion and Perspectives