Biomechanics of Mycorrhizal Spores

Mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with the roots of numerous plants species. Plant growth is significantly enhanced in the presence of these fungi. Therefore, there is a great interest in using these organisms in horticultural and agricultural products.

Despite the evolutionary distance between fungi and plants, fungal growth shares general principles with the tip growth encountered in certain plant cells such as pollen tubes and root hairs (Geitmann and Emons 2000, Heath and Geitmann 2000, Geitmann et al. 2001)

We are interested in determining the mechanical properties of fungal spores using various biomechanical approaches such as micro-indentation.

References

Geitmann A, Cresti M, Heath IB (eds). 2001. NATO Science Series: Cell biology of plant and fungal tip growth. IOS Press, Amsterdam

Geitmann A, Emons AMC. 2000. The cytoskeleton in plant and fungal cell tip growth. Journal of Microscopy 198: 218-245

Heath IB, Geitmann A. 2000. Cell biology of plant and fungal tip growth - getting to the point. Plant Cell 12: 1513-1517

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