Plant Cell Biology
and Cytomechanics Lab

Welcome to the Plant Cell Biology and Cytomechanics Lab at the Plant Biology Research Institute (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale), Montreal. Prof. Anja Geitmann has established the lab in 2001.

The lab is affiliated with the Department of biological sciences of the University of Montreal. It is located in the Montreal Botanical Garden.

We study biomechanical aspects of plant cell biology. How do structural cellular features interact to generate a functional cell? How do walled cells grow? What controls cell shape? What are the logistic principles regulating material delivery within the cell? These are questions we try to answer.

One of our model systems is the pollen tube, the carrier of the male gametes in flowering plants. The pollen tube displays extremely rapid growth that can be reproduced under in vitro conditions. This allows us to study the structural and mechanical principles of plant cell growth.

Another organism we study are mycorrhizal spores. These are fungal organisms living in symbiosis with plants. We investigate the correlation of spore mechanics and survival.

Our studies rely on a combination of experimental and theoretical methods: microscopy, molecular biology, cytomechanics, and theoretical modeling.