Plant Cell 2021 Sep 15. Epub 2021 Sep 15.
Department of Biology and Center for Engineering Mechanobiology, Washington University in St Louis, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130.
The ability to sense and respond to physical forces is critical for the proper function of cells, tissues, and organisms across the evolutionary tree. Plants sense gravity, osmotic conditions, pathogen invasion, wind, and the presence of barriers in the soil, and dynamically integrate internal and external stimuli during every stage of growth and development. While the field of plant mechanobiology is growing, much is still poorly understood-including the interplay between mechanical and biochemical information at the single-cell level. Read More