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The role of nodal and internodal responses in gravitropism and autotropism in Galium aparine LThis time course and location of gravitropically induced curvatures in stems of goosegrass (Gallium aparine L.), a member of the Rubiaceae, have been investigated. In the early stages of the response (0-5 h), curvature develops throughout the growing region, and is followed by an autotropic straightening which affects the internodes only, leading to the production of essentially straight internodes some 15 h after the onset of gravistimulation. Curvatures developing in the nodal regions, however, continue to increase over this period, and are not subject to reversal by autotropism. The nodal curvatures are not entirely dependent on the presence of any other part of the plant, since marked curvatures can be induced in isolated nodal segments. This pattern of response leads ultimately to correction of the growth direction of the plant by means of curvature responses confined exclusively to the nodes, despite the initial participation of both nodes and internodes in the gravitropic reaction.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Heathcote, D. G.
(University College Cardiff, U.K)
Brown, A. H.
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: Plant, cell & environment
Volume: 10
ISSN: 0140-7791
Subject Category
Life Sciences (General)
Distribution Limits
NASA Discipline Plant Biology
NASA Discipline Number 40-30
NASA Program Space Biology
Non-NASA Center

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