Plant tissue mechanics

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Title

Plant tissue mechanics

Group Continuum Mechanics
Supervisor
Description

Plant growth arises through the coordinated expansion of individual cells, allowing a plant to adapt to its environment to harness light, water and essential nutrients.  Growth is driven by the high internal turgor pressure of cells and is regulated by physical and biochemical modifications of plant cell walls.  Many features of this immensely complex process remain poorly understood, despite its profound societal and environmental importance.  Mathematical models describing the mechanical properties of a growing plant tissue integrate features ranging from molecular interactions within an individual cell wall to the expansion, bending or twisting of a multicellular root or stem.  Building on current biological understanding, this project will address the development and analysis of new multiscale models for plant tissues, exploiting a variety of computational and asymptotic techniques.

Background references:

  1. Dyson, RJ & Jensen, OE (2010) J Fluid Mech 655, 472
  2. Dyson, RJ, Band, L & Jensen, OE (2012) J Theor Biol 307, 125
  3. Baskin, TI & Jensen, OE (2013) J Exp Bot 64, 4697
  4. Dyson, RJ et al. (2014) New Phytologist 202, 1212
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