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Applying and releasing small compressive forces to cells induces distinct calcium waves

Epidermal trichomes function as mechanosensors, but how trichome-less plants perceive mechanical forces remains unclear. Touching epidermal pavement cells with micro-cantilevers, we discovered distinct cytosolic calcium waves upon application and release of small forces. Thus, not only do plants perceive forces independently of trichomes, they may also distinguish touch from letting go.

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Fig. 1: Micro-cantilever experiment.


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This is a summary of: Howell, A. H. et al. Pavement cells distinguish touch from letting go. Nat. Plants (2023).

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Applying and releasing small compressive forces to cells induces distinct calcium waves. Nat. Plants 9, 858–859 (2023).

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