Special Issue "Plant Biomechanics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.
Interests: plant development; plant morphogenesis; plant growth; cell wall and tissue mechanics
Interests: plant morphogenesis; shoot meristems; cytoskeleton; cell divisions; cell growth; gene regulation
This Special Issue, dedicated to “Plant Biomechanics”, will cover a range of research topics in the field, from the role of mechanical factors in the regulation of plant development to the mechanical design of plant bodies that facilitate specific function performances and adaptations to environment. Both experimental papers and review articles are welcome.
To say that the plant bodies of tiny arabidopsis or trees are physical objects and observe the rules of mechanics is an obvious statement. However, mechanical aspects of plant biology have often been neglected in a maze of chemical, genetic, and molecular details. Nowadays, the role of mechanics in plant biology is recognised and better understood, thanks to research on the interface between biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. In accordance with this trend, plant biomechanics has also been introduced to journals focused mainly on molecular biology.
Plant organs consist of a network of interconnected protoplasts embedded in a network of tightly joined cell walls, which facilitate mechanical signalling at the organ level. In consequence, biomechanical processes acting at subcellular, cellular, and organ scales are closely related and hard to separate. In this Special Issue, papers focusing on plant biomechanics at any of these organisation levels are thus invited.
Prof. Dorota Kwiatkowska
Dr. Agata Burian
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- Cell wall mechanics;
- Mechanical adaptation;
- Mechanical signalling;
- Plant growth and development;
- Plant mechanical design;
- Plant movements;
- Tree mechanics.