Modelling cell separation during plant organ abscission

McCue, Scott W., Bartsch, Thomas, Dyson, Rosemary, Beguerisse-Diaz, Mariano, & Jensen, Oliver (2009) Modelling cell separation during plant organ abscission. Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group II. The Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, University of Nottingham.

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A simple mathematical model is presented to describe the cell separation process that plants undertake in order to deliberately shed organs. The focus here is on modelling the production of the enzyme polygalacturonase, which breaks down pectin that provides natural cell-to-cell adhesion in the localised abscission zone. A coupled system of three ordinary differential equations is given for a single cell, and then extended to hold for a layer of cells in the abscission zone. Simple observations are made based on the results of this preliminary model and, furthermore, a number of opportunities for applied mathematicians to make contributions in this subject area are discussed.

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ID Code: 39185
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: An open access copy of this report is available from the publisher's website - see "Official URL" above.
Keywords: plant organ abscission, cell separation, mathematical modelling
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Biological Mathematics (010202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (060000) > PLANT BIOLOGY (060700) > Plant Physiology (060705)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Mathematical Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 (please consult the authors).
Deposited On: 14 Dec 2010 05:41
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2014 05:03

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