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Root hairs and pollen tubes also grow by tip growth, so learning about the control of tip growth in these gravitropic systems could have major benefits to other areas of plant science. To do this, the enzymes, cell wall components, and vesicle trafficking involved need to be identified.

It would help greatly if mutants altering the gravitropic process in tip-growing cells were available and if the genetics of these organisms were better understood. Nevertheless, these tip-growing gravitropic systems hold great promise for some comprehensive study of the cell biology involved and may prove to be the systems that lead to an understanding of gravitropism in more complex, multicellular systems.

Gravitropism in Multicellular Plants Gravitropic curvature in response to a change in the gravity vector can occur in most stems and roots as well as some flowers and fruits, but rarely in leaves. The resultant direction of growth can be either vertical orthogravitropic or at some specific and set angle to the gravity vector plageotropic. Most research into the gravitropism of higher plants has concentrated on the response of roots, although earlier work focused more on coleoptiles.

The present state of knowledge and the areas where research is needed are summarized below. In the decade researchers have made a concerted effort to determine whether the perception of the gravity vector's direction is mediated by sedimenting statoliths interacting with some cellular component, by the tension on the cytoskeleton exerted by tethered statoliths, or by the mass of the whole protoplast acting on plasma membrane attachments to the cell wall.

This information is then used to cause different rates of protoplasmic streaming on the two sides of the cell.

For example, removal of the root cap the only part of the growing root that has amyloplasts renders the root insensitive to the direction of gravity. Attempts to resolve this question by disrupting and dissolving the cytoskeleton from gravity-perceptive cells have produced equivocal results, because of the difficulty in determining whether or not the whole cytoskeleton has been removed.

Starchless mutants of Arabidopsis retain some ability to undergo root gravitropism, 32 as do roots in which amyloplast-containing root cap cells have been eliminated by laser ablation. The importance of the dense starch grains in graviperception can be partly assessed by comparing the g-threshold for starch-containing versus starchless Arabidopsis roots. Surprisingly, the g-threshold for a tropic response in normal starch-containing roots is still uncertain. The ability of starchless Arabidopsis roots to have a tropic response raises the important question of the extent to which nonstatolith-containing plant cells, in general, can perceive the direction of the gravity vector.

It may be that all cells perceive gravity, but the magnitude of their perception depends on the density of the cellular components. Cells with dense objects such as amyloplasts are highly sensitive to the gravity vector and are the normal gravity-perceptive cells. But other cells may be weakly gravity perceptive or may use the information about the direction of the gravity vector to do something other than change the direction of growth. If decapped maize roots, which grow well but fail to curve in response to 1 g, are subjected to higher g forces, would they then be able to perceive the direction of the gravity vector?

Any cell that perceives gravity must become polarized with respect to the gravity vector. It is the transduction steps that hold the key to an understanding of gravity responses in plants. Intracellular Transduction of Gravity Vector Information. The perception of gravity must produce an asymmetry in the perceiving cell, either in its structure or in its biochemistry. Despite the importance of this transduction step, almost nothing is known for certain about it.

A number of suggestions have been made: an asymmetry in cellular calcium, 36 an activation of plasma membrane ion channels localized at one position in the cell, 37 a change in the structure and distribution of cytoskeletal elements, or a change in the gating of plasmodesmata between cells. A major emphasis of NASA-sponsored research should be on the nature of this transduction step.

Techniques are available to examine intracellular localization of calcium or of cytoskeletal elements. Studies should focus on comparing cells containing amyloplasts, since these cells at least have the potential for detecting the direction of gravity, with cells with starchless amyloplasts or with cells lacking amyloplasts. There is no reason why these experiments should not be conducted on single cells or even protoplasts.

Any relevant asymmetry should change when the direction of the gravity vector shifts and should be either absent or greatly reduced in cells that lack amyloplasts. The Translocation Steps. The transduction event induces a change in the perceiving cells so that some signal is translocated differentially to the site of reaction on the two sides of an organ.

The Cholodny-Went hypothesis 40 proposed that the signal is auxin, and that it is first transported transversely across a horizontal stem or root, and then translocated longitudinally to the site of reaction.

The fact that inhibitors of polar auxin transport block gravitropism of both stems and roots indicates that auxin plays some role 41 and that it must be polarly transported during gravitropism in both organs. In stems, at least, auxin is not actually translocated from one side of the stem to the other; but there is apparently a differential transport of auxin from the vascular tissue to the neighboring outer cell layers.

Researchers have proposed that there may be rapid signals, which might be electrical or hydraulic, as well as slow signals that are hormonal. Asymmetric concentrations of auxin have been detected in the DEZ area of maize roots, 47 but whether the auxin was translocated from the root cap or from the basal portions of the root is not known.

This area of signal translocation is ripe for additional studies. The cellular pathway for auxin transport needs to be ascertained in both stems and roots. The signal may move from cell to cell through the extracellular wall solution, or intracellularly through the plasmodesmata.

The interaction between the gravity vector and auxin transport has yet to be determined. It is difficult to see how an asymmetric gradient of a chemical signal can persist if the signal is free to pass through the plasmodesmata, as auxin would be expected to do. For that reason, the effect of gravity on the conductance of plasmodesmata merits study.

In roots, a more extensive study of gravity-actuated electrical signals is needed, coupled with precise measurements of the timing of the arrival of electrical signals versus the start of gravitropic curvature. The Reaction Phase. The paradigm of the reaction phase is that an asymmetric gradient of auxin, with more on the lower side of either stem or root, causes the differential in the rate of cell elongation.

In stems, the greater auxin level on the lower side leads to enhanced growth; in roots, it leads to an inhibition of growth. The signal moving from the site of perception might not be auxin but some other factor that alters the sensitivity of the reacting cells to it. There is some evidence of enhanced sensitivity to auxin on the lower side of horizontal soybean hypocotyls.

Further investigations into the effect of the gravity vector on the sensitivity of reacting cells to auxin are needed. The mechanism by which auxin controls the rate of cell enlargement has been extensively studied. There is mounting evidence that auxin stimulates elongation of stem and coleoptile cells in part by promoting the export of protons from the cells, with the lowered wall pH activating wall loosening proteins such as the expansins.

There are still large gaps in knowledge here, and until these are filled in, it will not be possible to fully comprehend how gravitropic curvature occurs in roots. Needs for Future Research on Gravitropism.

During the past decade the extensive research into gravitropism has greatly enhanced knowledge about this process. Because systems differ, the use of large numbers of different experimental systems has created confusion and diluted effort.

By concentrating efforts on a few systems, results obtained by one research group would have a synergistic effect on the research of others using the same system. Gravitropism in single cells might best be concentrated on the Chara rhizoid and the Ceratodon protonema systems.

For roots of higher plants, there are advantages to working with either Zea mays roots, which are well studied and large, or on Arabidopsis roots, with a range of known mutants, and a whole genome that will be known within a few years. Research on gravitropism in stems might well concentrate on Arabidopsis, tomato, and peas, in which gravitropic mutants exist.

Coleoptiles of Avena or Zea mays have the advantage that most of their cells contain amyloplasts and are good subjects for studies on perception, especially the transduction phase. Mutants should be used wherever possible. The power of genetics to dissect the steps in gravitropism is immense, and the information that could be obtained by sequencing genes directly involved in this process could lead to an understanding of how the pieces fit together.

Using complementation analysis, it should be possible to locate agravitropic mutants that are blocked specifically in each of the four main steps in gravitropism.

Mutants have only just started to be used effectively in such studies. Another group of useful mutants are those that alter the angle at which the organs grow in response to the direction of gravity or that change this direction in response to the presence or absence of light. For any research supported by NASA, the PI should demonstrate that the results would enhance an understanding of the overall process.

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Harris, Joseph B. Howell, S. Huffaker, R. Water absorption can be affected by the variation in the solutes accumulation in the xylem, which occurs as a result of metabolic fluctuation activity Hales, ; Arisz et al. This way, the radicular pressure is reduced by the temperature decrease, inorganic nutrients retention and metabolic inhibitors Sutcliffe, The roots absorb ions from the diluted soil solution and transport them to the xylem.

This water potential decrease in the xylem, causes a motor force to the water absorption, resulting in positive hydrostatic pressure in the xylem. Thus, the whole root acts as a cell and the multicelular radicular tissue behaves as an osmotic membrane, establishing a positive hydrostatic pressure in the xylem responding to the accumulation of solutes.

The radicular pressure is more evident in well-moisten hydrated plants under low transpiration and humidity conditions. In dryer conditions, when the transpiration level is higher, the water is rapidly absorbed by the leaves and is lost in the atmosphere, not developing a positive pressure in the xylem.

In spite of that questions, the objective of this study was evaluated the comportment of Coleus blumei plants under stress salinity conditions. The shoots were cut at 10 cm from the soil surface and the remaining stems interlinked to glass tubes 3 mm x 1.

Then, the soils were treated with different NaCl concentrations of 0. Readings were taken in a sunny day without atmospheric turbulence at 12 p. The transpiration and stomatal resistance were evaluated by using a Li-Cor porometer.How do plant shoots bend up? Jennings and A.

Vickery, H. Utilization of potatoes for life support systems in space: IV. This area that holds great promise for understanding the response of cells to gravity and might well be one that NASA should consider supporting. Avery, G.

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