Structural and Mechanical Characterization of Growing Arabidopsis Plant Cell Walls

  • Friederike SaxeEmail author
  • Ingo Burgert
  • Michaela EderEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1242)


This book chapter describes how structural and mechanical properties of living Arabidopsis hypocotyls can be measured by using small-angle X-ray scattering and micromechanical tensile tests. This approach is particularly useful to detect structural differences between selected mutants and to show how these differences are reflected in the tensile properties.

Key words

Plant cell walls Structural and mechanical properties Hypocotyls Arabidopsis - micromechanical tensile test, X-ray scattering 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiomaterialsMax-Planck-Institute of Colloids and InterfacesPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.ETH Zurich, Institute for Building MaterialsStefano-Franscini-PlatzZurichSwitzerland
  3. 3.Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary LaboratoryHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany
  4. 4.Empa-Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Testing and ResearchInstitute for Building MaterialsDuebendorfSwitzerland

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