Pollen Tip Growth

From Biophysical Aspects to Systems Biology

  • Gerhard Obermeyer
  • José Feijó

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerhard Obermeyer, José Feijó
      Pages 3-10
  3. Biophysics of Tip Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Gerhard Obermeyer
      Pages 13-34
  4. Technical Improvements to Study Tip Growth

  5. Subcellular Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Hao Wang, Liwen Jiang
      Pages 107-127
    3. Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Tetsuya Higashiyama
      Pages 149-166
    4. Sébastjen Schoenaers, Daria Balcerowicz, Kris Vissenberg
      Pages 167-243
  6. Tipomics: Omic Approaches in Tip Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Jan Fíla, Lenka Záveská Drábková, Antónia Gibalová, David Honys
      Pages 247-292
    3. Heidi Pertl-Obermeyer
      Pages 293-318
    4. Thomas Nägele, Lena Fragner, Palak Chaturvedi, Arindam Ghatak, Wolfram Weckwerth
      Pages 319-336
  7. Modeling Tip Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 337-337
    2. Robert W. Smith, Christian Fleck
      Pages 339-367
    3. Milenka Van Hemelryck, Roberto Bernal, Enrique Rojas, Jacques Dumais, Jens H. Kroeger
      Pages 369-389
    4. Daniel S. C. Damineli, Maria Teresa Portes, José A. Feijó
      Pages 391-413
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 415-424

About this book


This book focuses on the biophysical aspects of tip growth: How do physical parameters like pressure, water potential, electrical fields, or ion currents contribute to and influence this specialized and highly dynamic form of cell growth?

It provides an updated and balanced overview of the current state of knowledge and future research perspectives regarding how pollen tubes’ growth is driven and regulated by molecular interactions underlying the cellular processes. The individual chapters address topics ranging from molecular biophysical concepts to comprehensive omic studies and computational modeling of the tip growth process. In addition, a chapter on root hair cells is included to provide an alternative view on the underlying molecular principles of tip growth in general.

Each chapter provides a summary of cutting-edge techniques, results and experimental data; a statement, hypothesis or conclusion on the importance of the aspect described for tip growth, particularly pollen tip growth; and addresses open gaps in our understanding and potential approaches to remedying them.

The book offers experimental and theoretical solutions to help established researchers and newcomers to the field alike solve the many mysterious behaviors of pollen tube tips.


pollen tube tip growth cell mechanics cell growth pollen grain systems biology membrane trafficking membrane proteomics root hair

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Obermeyer
    • 1
  • José Feijó
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Molecular BiologyUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Cell Biology Molecular GeneticsUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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