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Making Microfluidic Devices that Simulate Phloem Transport

  • Jean Comtet
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 2014)


Phloem tissues are exquisitely difficult to probe experimentally. The biomimetic approach based on synthetic phloem devices might prove useful by allowing to uncover the dynamics and physicochemical couplings of the phloem. In this chapter we discuss the design of a synthetic microfluidic device simulating phloem transport, and the importance of such a device in testing various hypotheses of phloem physiology.

Key words

Phloem Osmosis Sugars Microfluidics Biomimetics Sucrose transport 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Comtet
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Physique Statistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, UMR CNRS 8550, PSL Research UniversityParis CedexFrance

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