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Plant movements and mechano-perception: from biophysics to biomimetics

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Project "PLANTMOVE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙933˙996 €
 EC max contribution 1˙933˙996 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-07-01   to  2020-06-30


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 Project objective

How to transport fluids, move solids or perceive mechanical signals without the equivalent of pumps, muscles or nerves? This ongoing challenge, which is relevant from microfluidics to robotics, has long been solved by plants. In this project, I wish to gather my cross-disciplinary background in plant mechanics, soft matter physics and granular materials to address some of the fundamental mechanisms used by plants to perceive mechanical stimuli and generate motion. The project focuses on three major issues in plant biophysics, which all involve the coupling between a fluid (water in the vascular network or in the plant cell, cellular cytoplasm) and a solid (plant cell wall, starch grains in gravity-sensing cells): (i) How mechanical signals are perceived and transported within the plant and what is the role of the water pressure in this long-distance signalling. (ii) How plants sense and respond to gravity and how this response is related to the granular nature of the sensor at the cellular level. (iii) How plants perform rapid motion and what is the role of osmotic motors and cell wall actuation in this process, using the carnivorous plant Venus flytrap as a paradigm for study. The global approach will combine experiments on physical systems mimicking the key features of plant tissue and in situ experiments on plants, in strong collaboration with plant physiologists and agronomists. Experiments will be performed both at the organ level (growth kinematics, response to strain and force stimuli) and at the tissue and cellular level (cell imaging, micro-indentation, cell pressure probe). This multi-disciplinary and multi-scale approach should help to fill the gap in our understanding of basic plant functions and offers new strategies to design smart soft materials and fluids inspired by plant sensors and motility mechanism.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Hugo Chauvet, Bruno Moulia, Valérie Legué, Yoël Forterre, Olivier Pouliquen
Revealing the hierarchy of processes and time-scales that control the tropic response of shoots to gravi-stimulations
published pages: 1955-1967, ISSN: 0022-0957, DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erz027
Journal of Experimental Botany 70/6 2020-03-05
2019 Hugo Perrin, Cécile Clavaud, Matthieu Wyart, Bloen Metzger, Yoël Forterre
Interparticle Friction Leads to Nonmonotonic Flow Curves and Hysteresis in Viscous Suspensions
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.031027
Physical Review X 9/3 2020-03-05
2019 Antoine Bérut, Olivier Pouliquen, Yoël Forterre
Brownian Granular Flows Down Heaps
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.123.248005
Physical Review Letters 123/24 2020-03-05
2017 O Pouliquen, Y Forterre, A Bérut, H Chauvet, F Bizet, V Legué, B Moulia
A new scenario for gravity detection in plants: the position sensor hypothesis
published pages: 35005, ISSN: 1478-3975, DOI: 10.1088/1478-3975/aa6876
Physical Biology 14/3 2019-06-06
2018 Bizet, François; Pereda-Loth, Veronica; Chauvet, Hugo; Gérard, Joëlle; Eche, Brigitte; Girousse, Christine,; Courtade-Saïdi, Monique; Perbal, Gérald; Legué, Valérie
Both gravistimulation onset and removal trigger an increase of cytoplasmic free calcium in statocytes of roots grown in microgravity
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 1 2019-06-06
2018 Antoine Bérut, Hugo Chauvet, Valérie Legué, Bruno Moulia, Olivier Pouliquen, Yoël Forterre
Gravisensors in plant cells behave like an active granular liquid
published pages: 5123-5128, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1801895115
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115/20 2019-06-06
2016 Hugo Chauvet, Olivier Pouliquen, Yoël Forterre, Valérie Legué, Bruno Moulia
Inclination not force is sensed by plants during shoot gravitropism
published pages: 35431, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep35431
Scientific Reports 6 2019-06-06
2017 Bérut, Antoine; Pouliquen, Olivier; Forterre, Yoel
Creeping Avalanches of Brownian Granular Suspensions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI: 2 2019-06-06
2017 J-F Louf, G. Guéna, E. Badel, Y. Forterre
Correction for Louf et al., Universal poroelastic mechanism for hydraulic signals in biomimetic and natural branches
published pages: E9423-E9423, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1717494114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/44 2019-06-06
2017 J.-F. Louf, G. Guéna, E. Badel, Y. Forterre
Universal poroelastic mechanism for hydraulic signals in biomimetic and natural branches
published pages: 11034-11039, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1707675114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/42 2019-06-06
2017 Cécile Clavaud, Antoine Bérut, Bloen Metzger, Yoël Forterre
Revealing the frictional transition in shear-thickening suspensions
published pages: 5147-5152, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703926114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/20 2019-06-06
2016 Y. Forterre, P. Marmottant, C. Quilliet, X. Noblin
Physics of rapid movements in plants
published pages: 27-30, ISSN: 0531-7479, DOI: 10.1051/epn/2016104
Europhysics News 47/1 2019-06-06

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