How can the electrical polarity of axial organs regulate plant growth and IAA transport?

Sergei S. Medvedev, Irene V. Markova

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Alteration of the electrical polarity in sections of maize (Zeamays L. cv. Odesskaya‐80) coleoptiles and pea (Pisum sativum L. cv. Cubanecz) internodes by passing a weak electric current longitudinally (6 μA, anode placed at the apical end of the section) increased their elongation rate 2–3 fold with a lag period of 2.5 min. Inhibitors of polar auxin transport, e.g. N‐1‐naphthylphtalamic and 2,3,5‐triiodobenzoic acids and also ethylene glycol‐bis(β‐aminoethylether)‐N,N,N'N'‐tetraacetic acid (EGTA), a chelator of divalent cations, decreased the growth rate of the sections and inhibited the growth‐stimulating effect of the electric current. The observed acceleration of growth of axial plant organs under the action of a weak electric current is suggested to be connected with changes in the mode of action of the basipetal auxin transport system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-42
Number of pages5
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1990


Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology

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