Gravitational Biology I

Gravity Sensing and Graviorientation in Microorganisms and Plants

  • Markus Braun
  • Maik Böhmer
  • Donat-Peter Häder
  • Ruth Hemmersbach
  • Klaus Palme

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Space Life Sciences book series (BRIEFSSLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Donat-Peter Häder, Markus Braun, Ruth Hemmersbach
    Pages 1-11
  3. Ruth Hemmersbach, Donat-Peter Häder, Markus Braun
    Pages 13-26
  4. Donat-Peter Häder, Ruth Hemmersbach
    Pages 27-45
  5. Donat-Peter Häder
    Pages 67-74
  6. Dennis Said Gadalla, Markus Braun, Maik Böhmer
    Pages 75-92
  7. Klaus Palme, William Teale, Franck Ditengou
    Pages 93-111
  8. Donat-Peter Häder, Markus Braun, Ruth Hemmersbach
    Pages 113-122

About this book


This book summarizes what is currently known about gravity sensing and response mechanisms in microorganisms, fungi, lower and higher plants; starting from the historical eye-opening experiments from the 19th century up to today’s extremely rapid advancing cellular, molecular and biotechnological research. All forms of life are constantly exposed to gravity and it can be assumed that almost all organisms have developed sensors and respond in one way or the other to the unidirectional acceleration force,this books shows us some of these different ways.

The book is written for plant biologists and microbiologists as well as scientists interested in space and gravitational biology.


artificial gravity gravity sensing gravitropism graviorientation gravitropic signaling pathway gravitaxis hypergravity higher plants lower plants microgravity microorganisms

Authors and affiliations

  • Markus Braun
    • 1
  • Maik Böhmer
    • 2
  • Donat-Peter Häder
    • 3
  • Ruth Hemmersbach
    • 4
  • Klaus Palme
    • 5
  1. 1.Space AdministrationGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)BonnGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Molecular BiosciencesJohann Wolfgang Goethe UniversityFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.Emeritus from Friedrich-Alexander UniversityErlangen NürnbergGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Aerospace MedicineGerman Aerospace Center (DLR)CologneGermany
  5. 5.Institute of Biology II/Molecular Plant Physiology, Faculty of Biology, BIOSS Centre for Biological Signaling StudiesUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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