The Mechanics of Stomatal Function

Lead Research Organisation: University of Sheffield
Department Name: Animal and Plant Sciences

Abstract

Guard cells change their shape as a result of altered internal
pressure, leading to the opening/closing of pores (stomata) essential for plant
life. The dynamics of shape change depends upon the mechanical interaction of
the stomata and surrounding epidermis. Most work has focussed on guard cell
mechanics, ignoring the epidermis. The overall aim of the project is to
investigate the role of the epidermis in setting the mechanics of stomatal
opening/closure.

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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
BB/M011151/1 30/09/2015 29/09/2023
1944996 Studentship BB/M011151/1 30/09/2017 29/09/2021 Shauni McGregor