, Volume 194, Issue 2, pp 215–222 | Cite as

Responses ofArabidopsis roots to auxin studied with high temporal resolution: Comparison of wild type and auxin-response mutants

  • Michael L. Evans
  • Hideo Ishikawa
  • Mark A. Estelle


We modified a video digitizer system to allow short-term high-resolution measurements of root elongation in intact seedlings ofArabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. We used the system to measure the kinetics of promotion and inhibition of root elongation by applied auxin and to determine the dose-response relationship for auxin action on elongation in roots of wild-type seedlings and seedlings of mutants (axr1,aux1, andaxr2) with altered auxin responsiveness. Roots of the mutants showed less inhibition in the presence of inhibitory concentrations of auxin than did roots of the wild type. The latent period preceding the change in elongation rate after auxin application was the same foraxr1 andaxr2 as for the wild type whereas the latent period foraux1 was about twice as long as for the wild type. Low concentrations (ca. 10−11 M) of auxin induced substantial promotion of root elongation in the wild type and inaxr2.

Key words

Arabidopsis (mutants) Auxin Growth (root, auxin) Mutant (ArabidopsisRoot elongation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael L. Evans
    • 1
  • Hideo Ishikawa
    • 1
  • Mark A. Estelle
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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