Measuring the mechanics of morphogenesis

Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2013 Feb;16(1):25-32. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2012.11.002. Epub 2012 Dec 4.


The past decades have seen a rapid increase in the understanding of plant morphogenesis at the molecular-genetic level. However, the control of growth and morphogenesis by molecular and signaling networks ultimately requires the coordinated regulation of mechanical properties in individual cells. There is also increasing evidence that mechanical stresses can feedback on hormone signaling and growth, and may have a central role in developmental patterning. Thus the development of techniques to investigate the mechanical properties of plant tissue at the cellular level is key to understanding growth and morphogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Patterning
  • Cell Wall / physiology*
  • Computer Simulation*
  • Feedback
  • Models, Biological
  • Plant Cells / physiology
  • Plant Development*
  • Plant Growth Regulators / physiology*
  • Plant Physiological Phenomena
  • Plants
  • Signal Transduction
  • Stress, Mechanical


  • Plant Growth Regulators