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The role of stomata in sensing and driving environmental change.

Hetherington, Alistair M. and Woodward, F. I. (2003) The role of stomata in sensing and driving environmental change. Nature, 424 (6951). pp. 901-908. ISSN 0028-0836

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Stomata, the small pores on the surfaces of leaves and stalks, regulate the flow of gases in and out of leaves and thus plants as a whole. They adapt to local and global changes on all timescales from minutes to millennia. Recent data from diverse fields are establishing their central importance to plant physiology, evolution and global ecology. Stomatal morphology, distribution and behaviour respond to a spectrum of signals, from intracellular signalling to global climatic change. Such concerted adaptation results from a web of control systems, reminiscent of a 'scale-free' network, whose untangling requires integrated approaches beyond those currently used.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Nature
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 10705
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2008 16:46
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 14:48
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