Re-contemplate an entangled bank: the "Power of Movement in Plants" revisited

Edwards, Will, and Moles, Angela T. (2009) Re-contemplate an entangled bank: the "Power of Movement in Plants" revisited. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 160 (2). pp. 111-118.

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We review the ways in which two of Charles Darwin's lesser known works, The Movement and Habit of Twining Plants and The Power of Movement in Plants, stimulated 20th and 21st century research findings and philosophies. The legacy of Darwin's work permeates research on plant movement. For example, Darwin's demonstration that coleoptiles and roots fail to bend in response to light or gravity if their tips are removed helped researchers work toward the discovery of auxin and other plant hormones. Darwin's methodical observations on vine twining directions and circumnutation foreshadowed the recent discovery that 92% of vines twine in right-handed helices, regardless of their location on the planet. Finally, Darwin's observation of the similarity between plant responses to stimuli and the responses of lower animals foreshadowed the current debate over whether plants have `behaviour'. Thus, even Darwin's lesser-known works continue to influence research in the present day.

Item ID: 5541
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8339
Keywords: Charles Darwin, circumnutation, nastic movements, plant behaviour, plant hormones, tropisms, twining plants, tropical biology
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2009 00:55
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0603 Evolutionary Biology > 060303 Biological Adaptation @ 60%
06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060703 Plant Developmental and Reproductive Biology @ 40%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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