Plant Biomechanics: From Structure To Function At Multiple Scales

byAnja GeitmannEditorJoseph Gril

Hardcover | June 22, 2018

Plant Biomechanics: From Structure To Function At Multiple Scales by Anja Geitmann
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This book provides important insights into the operating principles of plants by highlighting the relationship between structure and function. It describes the quantitative determination of structural and mechanical parameters, such as the material properties of a tissue, in correlation with specific features, such as the ability of the tissue to conduct water or withstand bending forces, which will allow advanced analysis in plant biomechanics. This knowledge enables researchers to understand the developmental changes that occur in plant organs over their life span and under the influence of environmental factors. 

The authors provide an overview of the state of the art of plant structure and function and how they relate to the mechanical behavior of the organism, such as the ability of plants to grow against the gravity vector or to withstand the forces of wind. They also show the sophisticated strategies employed by plants to effect organ movement and morphogenesis in the absence of muscles or cellular migration. 

As such, this book not only appeals to scientists currently working in plant sciences and biophysics, but also inspires future generations to pursue their own research in this area.

Anja Geitmann Dr. Geitmann is the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus) of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Biomechanics of Plant Development and leads an interdisciplinary team of biologists and engineers....
Title:Plant Biomechanics: From Structure To Function At Multiple ScalesFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:441 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:441 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:June 22, 2018Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319790986

ISBN - 13:9783319790985

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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Table of Contents

Organ and Tissue Mechanics

Wood cell wall structure and organization in relation to mechanics

Modelling, evaluation and biomechanical consequences of growth stress profiles inside tree stems

Bending stress in plant stems: Models and assumptions

Tree mechanics and wind loading

Growth, Morphogenesis & Motion

The mechanics of leaf growth on large scales

Twisting growth in plant roots

Plants at bodybuilding: development of plant "muscles"

Modeling plant morphogenesis: An introduction

Mechanical conflicts in growth heterogeneity

Folding, wrinkling and buckling in plant cell walls

Structural principles in the design of hygroscopically moving plant cells

Using modeling to understand the hygromechanical and hysteretic behavior of the S2 cell wall layer of wood

Molecular Underpinnings of Cell Wall Mechanics

Calcium-pectin chemistry and biomechanics: Biological background and mathematical modelling

Cell wall expansion as viewed by the creep method

Tensile testing of primary plant cells and tissues

Water Transport, Mechanosensing & Biomimetics

Water motion and sugar translocation in leaves

Molecular mechanisms of mechanosensing and mechanotransduction

Biomechanics and functional morphology of plants - inspiration for biomimetic materials and structures