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Intercellular Communication in Plants: Evidence for an EMF-Generated Signal that Evokes Local and Systemic Transcriptional Responses in Tomato

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM,volume 19)

Abstract

Exposing the oldest leaf of a tomato plant to a short (10 min), low-amplitude (5 V.m−1), high-frequency (900 MHz) electromagnetic field evoked a rapid (15 min) and systemic accumulation of the stress-related transcript LebZIP-1 in the exposed leaf and in the distant, terminal leaf that is protected from EMF radiation. The accumulation was prevented by calcium counteracting drugs both locally and systemically. It was also prevented, but only in the distant tissue, in the ABA tomato mutant Sitiens or in wild-type tomato grown in the presence of the ABA synthesis inhibitor naproxen.

Keywords

  • Tomato
  • Electromagnetic field
  • Signal transmission
  • Mode stirred reverberation chamber
  • mRNA accumulation

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The authors wish to thank “l’Académie des Sciences de l’Institut de France” for the “Grand Prix de Physiologie Intégrative Pierre et Cyril Grivet 2008” awarded to A. Vian that partially supported this research.

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Vian, A., Davies, E., Bonnet, P. (2013). Intercellular Communication in Plants: Evidence for an EMF-Generated Signal that Evokes Local and Systemic Transcriptional Responses in Tomato. In: Baluška, F. (eds) Long-Distance Systemic Signaling and Communication in Plants. Signaling and Communication in Plants, vol 19. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36470-9_16

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