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Light-dependent nuclear positioning in prothallial cells ofAdiantum capillus-veneris

  • T. Kagawa
  • M. Wada
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In the prothallus of the fernAdiantum capillus-veneris, which consists of a single cell-layer, nuclear position differs depending on light and dark conditions. Under white light, nuclei are located along the cell wall facing the light source (light-position). In contrast, in the dark, nuclei are located at the walls partitioning the cells (dark position). The change from light- to dark-position takes about 36 h, but the change from dark- to light-position takes less than 8 h.


Adiantum capillus-veneris Fern Light effect Nuclear positioning Prothallus 





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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Kagawa
    • 1
  • M. Wada
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceTokyo Metropolitan UniversityTokyoJapan

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