TITLE

A plant’s response to microgravity as a wave phenomenon

AUTHOR(S)
Wagner, Orvin E.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p368
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Simple observations of plants growing on earth indicate that plants are operated by heretofore unknown waves that interact strongly with gravity. Indications of these waves and their interactions with earth’s gravity include discrete frequencies derived from internodal spacings, discrete preferred angles of growth for branches, ratios of averages of reciprocals of horizontal and vertical internodal spacings that are ratios of small integers, and linear relationships between angles of growth and means of reciprocals of cell lengths. It is proposed that the lengths of cells grown in a microgravity environment be studied to see if the mean frequencies derived from cell lengths are uniform in every direction and match frequencies derived from cells grown horizontally on earth. If this is the case, then apparently no orientation dependence exists. Thus all directions would be completely equivalent to a plant growing in a microgravity environment. The cell parameters obtained would then indicate that centripetal force and gravity are equivalent for plants grown in a microgravity environment. Also one could find out if a plant’s ability to function in space is improved if the plant being tested has a minimum sensitivity to gravity on earth. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
5985120

 

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