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LECTURE PRESENTATIONS

For CAMPBELL BIOLOGY, NINTH EDITION


Jane B. Reece, Lisa A. Urry, Michael L. Cain, Steven A. Wasserman, Peter V. Minorsky, Robert B. Jackson

Chapter 39

Plant Responses to Internal and


External Signals

Lectures by
Erin Barley
Kathleen Fitzpatrick

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Overview: Stimuli and a Stationary Life
• Linnaeus noted that flowers of different species
opened at different times of day and could be
used as a horologium florae, or floral clock
• Plants, being rooted to the ground, must
respond to environmental changes that come
their way
– For example, the bending of a seedling toward
light begins with sensing the direction, quantity,
and color of the light

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Figure 39.1
Concept 39.1: Signal transduction pathways
link signal reception to response
• A potato left growing in darkness produces
shoots that look unhealthy, and it lacks
elongated roots
• These are morphological adaptations for
growing in darkness, collectively called
etiolation
• After exposure to light, a potato undergoes
changes called de-etiolation, in which shoots
and roots grow normally

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Figure 39.2

(a) Before exposure to light (b) After a week’s exposure


to natural daylight
Figure 39.2a

(a) Before exposure to light


Figure 39.2b

(b) After a week’s exposure


to natural daylight
• A potato’s response to light is an example of
cell-signal processing
• The stages are reception, transduction, and
response

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Figure 39.3

CELL CYTOPLASM
WALL

1 Reception 2 Transduction 3 Response

Relay proteins and Activation


of cellular
second messengers responses

Receptor

Hormone or
environmental
stimulus Plasma membrane
Reception
• Internal and external signals are detected by
receptors, proteins that change in response to
specific stimuli
• In de-etiolation, the receptor is a phytochrome
capable of detecting light

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Transduction
• Second messengers transfer and amplify
signals from receptors to proteins that cause
responses
• Two types of second messengers play an
important role in de-etiolation: Ca2+ ions and
cyclic GMP (cGMP)
• The phytochrome receptor responds to light by
– Opening Ca2+ channels, which increases Ca2+
levels in the cytosol
– Activating an enzyme that produces cGMP

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Figure 39.4-1

1 Reception

CYTOPLASM
Plasma
membrane

Phytochrome

Cell
wall

Light
Figure 39.4-2

1 Reception 2 Transduction

CYTOPLASM
Plasma cGMP
membrane Protein
kinase 1
Second
Phytochrome messenger

Cell
wall
Protein
kinase 2

Light

Ca2 channel

Ca2
Figure 39.4-3

1 Reception 2 Transduction 3 Response

CYTOPLASM Transcription
factor 1 NUCLEUS
Plasma cGMP P
membrane Protein
kinase 1
Second Transcription
Phytochrome messenger factor 2
P
Cell
wall
Protein
kinase 2 Transcription
Light

Translation

Ca2 channel De-etiolation


(greening)
response proteins

Ca2
Response
• A signal transduction pathway leads to
regulation of one or more cellular activities
• In most cases, these responses to stimulation
involve increased activity of enzymes
• This can occur by transcriptional regulation or
post-translational modification

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Post-Translational Modification of
Preexisting Proteins
• Post-translational modification involves
modification of existing proteins in the signal
response
• Modification often involves the phosphorylation
of specific amino acids
• The second messengers cGMP and Ca2+
activate protein kinases directly

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Transcriptional Regulation
• Specific transcription factors bind directly to
specific regions of DNA and control
transcription of genes
• Some transcription factors are activators that
increase the transcription of specific genes
• Other transcription factors are repressors that
decrease the transcription of specific genes

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De-Etiolation (“Greening”) Proteins
• De-etiolation activates enzymes that
– Function in photosynthesis directly
– Supply the chemical precursors for chlorophyll
production
– Affect the levels of plant hormones that regulate
growth

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Concept 39.2: Plant hormones help
coordinate growth, development, and
responses to stimuli
• Plant hormones are chemical signals that
modify or control one or more specific
physiological processes within a plant

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The Discovery of Plant Hormones
• Any response resulting in curvature of organs
toward or away from a stimulus is called a
tropism
• In the late 1800s, Charles Darwin and his son
Francis conducted experiments on
phototropism, a plant’s response to light
• They observed that a grass seedling could bend
toward light only if the tip of the coleoptile was
present

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• They postulated that a signal was transmitted
from the tip to the elongating region

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Video: Phototropism
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Figure 39.5

RESULTS
Shaded
Control side

Light

Illuminated Boysen-Jensen
side

Light

Darwin and Darwin

Light
Gelatin Mica
(permeable) (impermeable)

Tip Opaque Trans- Opaque


removed cap parent shield over
cap curvature
• In 1913, Peter Boysen-Jensen demonstrated
that the signal was a mobile chemical substance

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• In 1926, Frits Went extracted the chemical
messenger for phototropism, auxin, by modifying
earlier experiments

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Figure 39.6
RESULTS
Excised tip on
agar cube

Growth-promoting
chemical diffuses
into agar cube

Control
(agar cube
lacking Offset
Control chemical) cubes
A Survey of Plant Hormones
• Plant hormones are produced in very low
concentration, but a minute amount can greatly
affect growth and development of a plant organ
• In general, hormones control plant growth and
development by affecting the division,
elongation, and differentiation of cells

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Table 39.1
Auxin
• The term auxin refers to any chemical that
promotes elongation of coleoptiles
• Indoleacetic acid (IAA) is a common auxin in
plants; in this lecture the term auxin refers
specifically to IAA
• Auxin is produced in shoot tips and is
transported down the stem
• Auxin transporter proteins move the hormone
from the basal end of one cell into the apical end
of the neighboring cell

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Figure 39.7

RESULTS

Cell 1

100 m Cell 2

Epidermis

Cortex

Phloem

Xylem 25 m
Basal end
Pith of cell
Figure 39.7a

100 m

Epidermis

Cortex

Phloem

Xylem

Pith
Figure 39.7b

Cell 1

Cell 2

25 m
Basal end
of cell
The Role of Auxin in Cell Elongation
• According to the acid growth hypothesis, auxin
stimulates proton pumps in the plasma
membrane
• The proton pumps lower the pH in the cell wall,
activating expansins, enzymes that loosen the
wall’s fabric
• With the cellulose loosened, the cell can
elongate

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Figure 39.8

Cross-linking Cell wall–loosening


polysaccharides enzymes Expansin

CELL WALL

Cellulose
microfibril

H2O
H Plasma
H membrane
H Cell wall
H
H H H
H

ATP Plasma membrane Nucleus Cytoplasm


H Vacuole
CYTOPLASM
Figure 39.8a
Cross-linking Cell wall–loosening
polysaccharides enzymes Expansin

CELL WALL

Cellulose
microfibril

H
H
H
H
H H H
H

ATP Plasma membrane


H
CYTOPLASM
Figure 39.8b

H2O
Plasma
membrane
Cell wall

Nucleus Cytoplasm
Vacuole
• Auxin also alters gene expression and
stimulates a sustained growth response

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Auxin’s Role in Plant Development
• Polar transport of auxin plays a role in pattern
formation of the developing plant
• Reduced auxin flow from the shoot of a branch
stimulates growth in lower branches
• Auxin transport plays a role in phyllotaxy, the
arrangement of leaves on the stem
• Polar transport of auxin from leaf margins directs
leaf venation pattern
• The activity of the vascular cambium is under
control of auxin transport

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Practical Uses for Auxins
• The auxin indolbutyric acid (IBA) stimulates
adventitious roots and is used in vegetative
propagation of plants by cuttings
• An overdose of synthetic auxins can kill plants
– For example 2,4-D is used as an herbicide on
eudicots

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Cytokinins
• Cytokinins are so named because they
stimulate cytokinesis (cell division)

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Control of Cell Division and Differentiation
• Cytokinins are produced in actively growing
tissues such as roots, embryos, and fruits
• Cytokinins work together with auxin to control
cell division and differentiation

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Control of Apical Dominance
• Cytokinins, auxin, and strigolactone interact in
the control of apical dominance, a terminal bud’s
ability to suppress development of axillary buds
• If the terminal bud is removed, plants become
bushier

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Figure 39.9
Lateral branches

“Stump” after
removal of
apical bud

(b) Apical bud removed

Axillary buds

(a) Apical bud intact (not shown in photo) (c) Auxin added to decapitated stem
Figure 39.9a

Axillary buds

(a) Apical bud intact (not shown in photo)


Figure 39.9b

Lateral branches

“Stump” after
removal of
apical bud

(b) Apical bud removed


Figure 39.9c

(c) Auxin added to decapitated stem


Anti-Aging Effects
• Cytokinins slow the aging of some plant organs by
inhibiting protein breakdown, stimulating RNA and
protein synthesis, and mobilizing nutrients from
surrounding tissues

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Gibberellins
• Gibberellins have a variety of effects, such
as stem elongation, fruit growth, and seed
germination

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Stem Elongation
• Gibberellins are produced in young roots and
leaves
• Gibberellins stimulate growth of leaves and
stems
• In stems, they stimulate cell elongation and cell
division

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Figure 39.10

(b) Grapes from control vine


(left) and gibberellin-treated
vine (right)

(a) Rosette form (left) and


gibberellin-induced bolting
(right)
Figure 39.10a

(a) Rosette form (left) and


gibberellin-induced bolting
(right)
Fruit Growth
• In many plants, both auxin and gibberellins must
be present for fruit to develop
• Gibberellins are used in spraying of Thompson
seedless grapes

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Figure 39.10b

(b) Grapes from control vine


(left) and gibberellin-treated
vine (right)
Germination
• After water is imbibed, release of gibberellins
from the embryo signals seeds to germinate

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Figure 39.11

Aleurone
Endosperm 1 2 3

-amylase Sugar
GA

GA
Water

Scutellum Radicle
(cotyledon)
Brassinosteroids
• Brassinosteroids are chemically similar to the
sex hormones of animals
• They induce cell elongation and division in stem
segments
• They slow leaf abscission and promote xylem
differentiation

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Abscisic Acid
• Abscisic acid (ABA) slows growth
• Two of the many effects of ABA
– Seed dormancy
– Drought tolerance

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Seed Dormancy
• Seed dormancy ensures that the seed will
germinate only in optimal conditions
• In some seeds, dormancy is broken when ABA
is removed by heavy rain, light, or prolonged
cold
• Precocious (early) germination can be caused
by inactive or low levels of ABA

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Figure 39.12
Red mangrove
(Rhizophora mangle)
seeds

Coleoptile

Maize mutant
Figure 39.12a
Red mangrove
(Rhizophora mangle)
seeds
Figure 39.12b

Coleoptile

Maize mutant
Drought Tolerance
• ABA is the primary internal signal that enables
plants to withstand drought
• ABA accumulation causes stomata to close
rapidly

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Strigolactones
• The hormones called strigolactones
– Stimulate seed germination
– Help establish mycorrhizal associations
– Help control apical dominance
• Strigolactones are named for parasitic Striga
plants
• Striga seeds germinate when host plants
exude strigolactones through their roots

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Ethylene
• Plants produce ethylene in response to stresses
such as drought, flooding, mechanical pressure,
injury, and infection
• The effects of ethylene include response to
mechanical stress, senescence, leaf abscission,
and fruit ripening

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The Triple Response to Mechanical Stress
• Ethylene induces the triple response, which
allows a growing shoot to avoid obstacles
• The triple response consists of a slowing of stem
elongation, a thickening of the stem, and
horizontal growth

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Figure 39.13

0.00 0.10 0.20 0.40 0.80

Ethylene concentration (parts per million)


• Ethylene-insensitive mutants fail to undergo the
triple response after exposure to ethylene
• Other mutants undergo the triple response in air
but do not respond to inhibitors of ethylene
synthesis

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Figure 39.14

ein mutant
ctr mutant

(a) ein mutant (b) ctr mutant


Figure 39.14a

ein mutant

(a) ein mutant


Figure 39.14b

ctr mutant

(b) ctr mutant


Senescence
• Senescence is the programmed death of cells
or organs
• A burst of ethylene is associated with
apoptosis, the programmed destruction of
cells, organs, or whole plants

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Leaf Abscission
• A change in the balance of auxin and ethylene
controls leaf abscission, the process that
occurs in autumn when a leaf falls

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Figure 39.15

0.5 mm

Protective layer Abscission layer

Stem Petiole
Figure 39.15a

0.5 mm

Protective layer Abscission layer

Stem Petiole
Fruit Ripening
• A burst of ethylene production in a fruit triggers
the ripening process
• Ethylene triggers ripening, and ripening triggers
release of more ethylene
• Fruit producers can control ripening by picking
green fruit and controlling ethylene levels

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Systems Biology and Hormone Interactions
• Interactions between hormones and signal
transduction pathways make it hard to predict
how genetic manipulation will affect a plant
• Systems biology seeks a comprehensive
understanding that permits modeling of plant
functions

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Concept 39.3: Responses to light are critical
for plant success
• Light cues many key events in plant growth and
development
• Effects of light on plant morphology are called
photomorphogenesis

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• Plants detect not only presence of light but also
its direction, intensity, and wavelength (color)
• A graph called an action spectrum depicts
relative response of a process to different
wavelengths
• Action spectra are useful in studying any
process that depends on light

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Figure 39.16
1.0 436 nm

Phototropic effectiveness
0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0
400 450 500 550 600 650 700

Wavelength (nm)
(a) Phototropism action spectrum

Light

Time  0 min

Time  90 min

(b) Coleoptiles before and after light exposures


Figure 39.16a

1.0 436 nm

Phototropic effectiveness 0.8

0.6

0.4

0.2

0
400 450 500 550 600 650 700

Wavelength (nm)
(a) Phototropism action spectrum
Figure 39.16b

Light

Time  0 min

Time  90 min
(b) Coleoptiles before and after light exposures
Figure 39.16c

Time  0 min
Figure 39.16d

Time  90 min
• Different plant responses can be mediated by
the same or different photoreceptors
• There are two major classes of light receptors:
blue-light photoreceptors and
phytochromes

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Blue-Light Photoreceptors
• Various blue-light photoreceptors control
hypocotyl elongation, stomatal opening, and
phototropism

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Phytochromes as Photoreceptors
• Phytochromes are pigments that regulate many
of a plant’s responses to light throughout its life
• These responses include seed germination and
shade avoidance

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Phytochromes and Seed Germination
• Many seeds remain dormant until light conditions
change
• In the 1930s, scientists at the U.S. Department of
Agriculture determined the action spectrum for
light-induced germination of lettuce seeds

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Figure 39.17

RESULTS

Red Dark Red Far-red Dark

Dark (control)

Red Far-red Red Dark Red Far-red Red Far-red


Figure 39.17a

Dark (control)
Figure 39.17b

Red Dark
Figure 39.17c

Red Far-red Dark


Figure 39.17d

Red Far-red Red Dark


Figure 39.17e

Red Far-red Red Far-red


• Red light increased germination, while far-red
light inhibited germination
• The photoreceptor responsible for the opposing
effects of red and far-red light is a phytochrome

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Figure 39.18

Two identical subunits

Chromophore

Photoreceptor activity

Kinase activity
Figure 39.UN01

Red light

Pr Pfr

Far-red light
• Phytochromes exist in two photoreversible
states, with conversion of Pr to Pfr triggering
many developmental responses
• Red light triggers the conversion of Pr to Pfr
• Far-red light triggers the conversion of Pfr to Pr
• The conversion to Pfr is faster than the
conversion to Pr
• Sunlight increases the ratio of Pfr to Pr, and
triggers germination

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Figure 39.19

Pr Pfr
Red light
Responses:
seed
Synthesis germination,
control of
flowering, etc.
Far-red
light

Slow conversion Enzymatic


in darkness destruction
(some plants)
Phytochromes and Shade Avoidance
• The phytochrome system also provides the
plant with information about the quality of light
• Leaves in the canopy absorb red light
• Shaded plants receive more far-red than red
light
• In the “shade avoidance” response, the
phytochrome ratio shifts in favor of Pr when a
tree is shaded

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Biological Clocks and Circadian Rhythms
• Many plant processes oscillate during the day
• Many legumes lower their leaves in the evening
and raise them in the morning, even when kept
under constant light or dark conditions

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Figure 39.20

Noon Midnight
Figure 39.20a

Noon
Figure 39.20b

Midnight
• Circadian rhythms are cycles that are about
24 hours long and are governed by an internal
“clock”
• Circadian rhythms can be entrained to exactly
24 hours by the day/night cycle
• The clock may depend on synthesis of a
protein regulated through feedback control and
may be common to all eukaryotes

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The Effect of Light on the Biological Clock
• Phytochrome conversion marks sunrise and
sunset, providing the biological clock with
environmental cues

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Photoperiodism and Responses to Seasons
• Photoperiod, the relative lengths of night and
day, is the environmental stimulus plants use
most often to detect the time of year
• Photoperiodism is a physiological response to
photoperiod

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Photoperiodism and Control of Flowering
• Some processes, including flowering in many
species, require a certain photoperiod
• Plants that flower when a light period is shorter
than a critical length are called short-day plants
• Plants that flower when a light period is longer
than a certain number of hours are called long-
day plants
• Flowering in day-neutral plants is controlled by
plant maturity, not photoperiod

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Critical Night Length
• In the 1940s, researchers discovered that
flowering and other responses to photoperiod
are actually controlled by night length, not day
length

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• Short-day plants are governed by whether the
critical night length sets a minimum number of
hours of darkness
• Long-day plants are governed by whether the
critical night length sets a maximum number of
hours of darkness

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Figure 39.21
24 hours

(a) Short day


(long-night) plant

Light Flash Darkness


Critical of
dark period light

(b) Long-day
(short-night) plant

Flash
of light
• Red light can interrupt the nighttime portion of
the photoperiod
• A flash of red light followed by a flash of far-red
light does not disrupt night length
• Action spectra and photoreversibility
experiments show that phytochrome is the
pigment that receives red light

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Figure 39.22
24 hours

R FR

R FR R

R FR R FR
Short-day Long-day
Critical dark period (long-night) (short-night)
plant plant
• Some plants flower after only a single exposure
to the required photoperiod
• Other plants need several successive days of
the required photoperiod
• Still others need an environmental stimulus in
addition to the required photoperiod
– For example, vernalization is a pretreatment
with cold to induce flowering

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A Flowering Hormone?
• Photoperiod is detected by leaves, which cue
buds to develop as flowers
• The flowering signal is called florigen
• Florigen may be a macromolecule governed
by the FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) gene

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Figure 39.23

24 hours 24 hours 24 hours

Graft

Short-day Long-day plant Long-day


plant grafted to plant
short-day plant
Concept 39.4: Plants respond to a wide
variety of stimuli other than light
• Because of immobility, plants must adjust to a
range of environmental circumstances through
developmental and physiological mechanisms

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Gravity
• Response to gravity is known as gravitropism
• Roots show positive gravitropism; shoots show
negative gravitropism
• Plants may detect gravity by the settling of
statoliths, dense cytoplasmic components

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Video: Gravitropism
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Figure 39.24

Statoliths
20 m

(a) Primary root of maize (b) Statoliths settling to


bending gravitropically the lowest sides of
(LMs) root cap cells (LMs)
Figure 39.24a
Figure 39.24b
Figure 39.24c

Statoliths
20 m
Figure 39.24d

Statoliths
20 m
• Some mutants that lack statoliths are still
capable of gravitropism
• Dense organelles, in addition to starch granules,
may contribute to gravity detection

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Mechanical Stimuli
• The term thigmomorphogenesis refers to
changes in form that result from mechanical
disturbance
• Rubbing stems of young plants a couple of
times daily results in plants that are shorter than
controls

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Figure 39.25
• Thigmotropism is growth in response to touch
• It occurs in vines and other climbing plants
• Another example of a touch specialist is the
sensitive plant Mimosa pudica, which folds its
leaflets and collapses in response to touch
• Rapid leaf movements in response to
mechanical stimulation are examples of
transmission of electrical impulses called
action potentials

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Video: Mimosa Leaf
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Figure 39.26

(a) Unstimulated state (b) Stimulated state

Side of pulvinus
with flaccid cells
Leaflets
after Side of pulvinus
stimulation with turgid cells
Pulvinus Vein
(motor
organ)

0.5 m
(c) Cross section of a leaflet pair in the stimulated state (LM)
Figure 39.26a

(a) Unstimulated state


Figure 39.26b

(b) Stimulated state


Figure 39.26c

Leaflets
after
stimulation

Pulvinus
(motor
organ)

(c) Cross section of a leaflet pair


in the stimulated state (LM)
Figure 39.26d

Side of pulvinus
with flaccid cells

Side of pulvinus
with turgid cells

Vein

0.5 m
(c) Cross section of a leaflet pair in
the stimulated state (LM)
Environmental Stresses
• Environmental stresses have a potentially
adverse effect on survival, growth, and
reproduction
• Stresses can be abiotic (nonliving) or biotic
(living)
• Abiotic stresses include drought, flooding, salt
stress, heat stress, and cold stress
• Biotic stresses include herbivores and
pathogens

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Drought
• During drought, plants reduce transpiration by
closing stomata, slowing leaf growth, and
reducing exposed surface area
• Growth of shallow roots is inhibited, while
deeper roots continue to grow

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Flooding
• Enzymatic destruction of root cortex cells
creates air tubes that help plants survive
oxygen deprivation during flooding

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Figure 39.27

Vascular
cylinder

Air tubes

Epidermis

100 m 100 m
(a) Control root (aerated) (b) Experimental root (nonaerated)
Figure 39.27a

Vascular
cylinder

Epidermis

100 m
(a) Control root (aerated)
Figure 39.27b

Vascular
cylinder

Air tubes

Epidermis

100 m
(b) Experimental root (nonaerated)
Salt Stress
• Salt can lower the water potential of the soil
solution and reduce water uptake
• Plants respond to salt stress by producing
solutes tolerated at high concentrations
• This process keeps the water potential of cells
more negative than that of the soil solution

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Heat Stress
• Excessive heat can denature a plant’s
enzymes
• Heat-shock proteins help protect other
proteins from heat stress

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Cold Stress
• Cold temperatures decrease membrane fluidity
• Altering lipid composition of membranes is a
response to cold stress
• Freezing causes ice to form in a plant’s cell walls
and intercellular spaces
• Many plants, as well as other organisms, have
antifreeze proteins that prevent ice crystals from
growing and damaging cells

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Concept 39.5: Plants respond to attacks by
herbivores and pathogens
• Plants use defense systems to deter herbivory,
prevent infection, and combat pathogens

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Defenses Against Herbivores
• Herbivory, animals eating plants, is a stress
that plants face in any ecosystem
• Plants counter excessive herbivory with
physical defenses, such as thorns and
trichomes, and chemical defenses, such as
distasteful or toxic compounds
• Some plants even “recruit” predatory animals
that help defend against specific herbivores

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Figure 39.28

4 Recruitment of
parasitoid wasps
that lay their eggs
within caterpillars

3 Synthesis
1 Wounding 1 Chemical and release
in saliva of volatile
attractants

2 Signal transduction
pathway
• Plants damaged by insects can release volatile
chemicals to warn other plants of the same
species
• Arabidopsis can be genetically engineered to
produce volatile components that attract
predatory mites

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Defenses Against Pathogens
• A plant’s first line of defense against infection is
the barrier presented by the epidermis and
periderm
• If a pathogen penetrates the dermal tissue, the
second line of defense is a chemical attack that
kills the pathogen and prevents its spread
• This second defense system is enhanced by the
plant’s ability to recognize certain pathogens

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Host-Pathogen Coevolution
• A virulent pathogen is one that a plant has little
specific defense against
• An avirulent pathogen is one that may harm but
does not kill the host plant

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• Gene-for-gene recognition involves
recognition of elicitor molecules by the protein
products of specific plant disease resistance
(R) genes
• An R protein recognizes a corresponding
molecule made by the pathogen’s Avr gene
• R proteins activate plant defenses by triggering
signal transduction pathways
• These defenses include the hypersensitive
response and systemic acquired resistance

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The Hypersensitive Response
• The hypersensitive response
– Causes cell and tissue death near the infection
site
– Induces production of phytoalexins and PR
proteins, which attack the pathogen
– Stimulates changes in the cell wall that confine
the pathogen

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Figure 39.29

Infected tobacco leaf with lesions

4 Signal 5

Hypersensitive Signal
6
3 response transduction
pathway
2 Signal transduction pathway

7 Acquired
resistance
1
R protein
Avirulent
pathogen
Avr effector protein

R-Avr recognition and Systemic acquired


hypersensitive response resistance
Figure 39.29a

4 Signal 5

Hypersensitive Signal 6
3 response transduction
pathway
2 Signal transduction pathway

7 Acquired
resistance
1
R protein
Avirulent
pathogen
Avr effector protein

R-Avr recognition and Systemic acquired


hypersensitive response resistance
Figure 39.29b

Infected tobacco leaf with lesions


Systemic Acquired Resistance
• Systemic acquired resistance causes
systemic expression of defense genes and is
a long-lasting response
• Salicylic acid is synthesized around the
infection site and is likely the signal that
triggers systemic acquired resistance

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Figure 39.UN02

CELL CYTOPLASM
WALL Plasma membrane

1 Reception 2 Transduction 3 Response

Hormone or
environmental Relay proteins and Activation
stimulus of cellular
second messengers responses

Receptor
Figure 39.UN03
Figure 39.UN04

Photoreversible states of phytochrome:


Pr Pfr
Red light

Responses

Far-red
light
Figure 39.UN05
Figure 39.UN06

Ethylene
Ethylene synthesis
Control added inhibitor

Wild-type

Ethylene insensitive
(ein)

Ethylene
overproducing (eto)

Constitutive triple
response (ctr)
Figure 39.UN07