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Morphomechanical innovation drives explosive seed dispersal

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How mechanical and biological processes are coordinated across cells, tissues, and organs to produce complex traits is a key question in biology. Cardamine hirsuta, a relative of Arabidopsis thaliana, uses an explosive mechanism to disperse its seeds. We show that this trait evolved through morphomechanical innovations at different spatial scales. At the organ scale, tension within the fruit wall generates the elastic energy required for explosion. This tension is produced by differential con...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.cell.2016.05.002

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Mathematical Institute
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Goriely, A
Grant:
Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
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Funding agency for:
Goriely, A
Grant:
Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
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Funding agency for:
Goriely, A
Grant:
Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
Publisher:
Cell Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Cell Journal website
Volume:
166
Issue:
1
Pages:
222-233
Publication date:
2016-06-02
Acceptance date:
2016-04-15
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ISSN:
0092-8674
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613130
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uuid:a7e8d2d7-690d-4cf6-a41b-161eeb56b2d5
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pubs:613130
Deposit date:
2016-06-03

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