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Assessing Negative and Positive Phototropism in Lianas

  • Shogo KatoEmail author
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Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1924)

Abstract

By the nineteenth century, root climbers and adhesive-tendril climbers were known to exhibit negative phototropism. Negative phototropism is shared by various plant species belonging to many taxonomic families and is considered to be an outcome of parallel evolution. Through negative phototropism, lianas search for supporting hosts; however, compared with positive phototropism, which occurs during germination, there is little research on the properties of negative phototropism. This chapter presents a technique for quantifying negative phototropism in root climbers and adhesive-tendril climbers, which involves casting light on one side of a liana shoot and measuring the coordinates of the shoot tip and the angle of curvature of the entire shoot relative to the gradient of the light conditions.

Key words

Adhesive-tendril climber Creeping shoot Negative phototropism Root climber Woody vine 

Notes

Acknowledgment

This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B17780120 and B24780147) and by a Grant for Young Scientists from Gifu University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Applied Biological SciencesGifu UniversityGifuJapan

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