Plant Biomechanics

From Structure to Function at Multiple Scales

  • Anja Geitmann
  • Joseph Gril

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Organ and Tissue Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tancrède Alméras, Delphine Jullien, Joseph Gril
      Pages 21-48
    3. Christopher J. Stubbs, Navajit S. Baban, Daniel J. Robertson, Loay Alzube, Douglas D. Cook
      Pages 49-77
    4. John Moore, Barry Gardiner, Damien Sellier
      Pages 79-106
  3. Growth, Morphogenesis and Motion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Eran Sharon, Michal Sahaf
      Pages 109-126
    3. Hirofumi Wada, Daichi Matsumoto
      Pages 127-140
    4. Tatyana Gorshkova, Polina Mikshina, Anna Petrova, Tatyana Chernova, Natalia Mokshina, Oleg Gorshkov
      Pages 141-163
    5. Anne-Lise Routier-Kierzkowska, Adam Runions
      Pages 165-192
    6. Nathan Hervieux, Olivier Hamant
      Pages 193-207
    7. Dorota Borowska-Wykręt, Dorota Kwiatkowska
      Pages 209-233
    8. Dominique Derome, Karol Kulasinski, Chi Zhang, Mingyang Chen, Jan Carmeliet
      Pages 247-269
  4. Molecular Underpinnings of Cell Wall Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Dmitry Suslov, Kris Vissenberg
      Pages 305-320
    3. Amir J. Bidhendi, Anja Geitmann
      Pages 321-347
  5. Water Transport, Mechanosensing and Biomimetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Tomas Bohr, Hanna Rademaker, Alexander Schulz
      Pages 351-374
    3. Masatsugu Toyota, Takuya Furuichi, Hidetoshi Iida
      Pages 375-397
    4. Thomas Speck, Georg Bold, Tom Masselter, Simon Poppinga, Stefanie Schmier, Marc Thielen et al.
      Pages 399-433
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 435-441

About this book


This book provides important insights into the operating principles of plants by highlighting the relationship between structure and function. It describes the quantitative determination of structural and mechanical parameters, such as the material properties of a tissue, in correlation with specific features, such as the ability of the tissue to conduct water or withstand bending forces, which will allow advanced analysis in plant biomechanics. This knowledge enables researchers to understand the developmental changes that occur in plant organs over their life span and under the influence of environmental factors. 

The authors provide an overview of the state of the art of plant structure and function and how they relate to the mechanical behavior of the organism, such as the ability of plants to grow against the gravity vector or to withstand the forces of wind. They also show the sophisticated strategies employed by plants to effect organ movement and morphogenesis in the absence of muscles or cellular migration. 

As such, this book not only appeals to scientists currently working in plant sciences and biophysics, but also inspires future generations to pursue their own research in this area.


Organ and tissue mechanics Plant cell mechanics Mechanoperceptinon Biomimetics Morphogenesis Wood mechanics

Editors and affiliations

  • Anja Geitmann
    • 1
  • Joseph Gril
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesMcGill University, Macdonald CampusSainte-Anne-de-BellevueCanada
  2. 2.CNRS, Université Clermont AuvergneSIGMA Clermont, Institut PascalClermont-FerrandFrance

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