About the Project
In this project we will aim to answer this and other questions. The emphasis will be on mechanical modelling, including working toward an understanding of how fluid moves through the complex xylem architecture, and how the xylem geometry may help or hinder the transport of a chemical agent. But there are also biochemical questions of importance here that are ripe for mathematical modelling. For example, the wound signal can actually be measured as an electrical signal propagating over the surface of the plant (this is known as a variation potential). A key question concerns how the plant responds to the Ricca factor in the xylem and communicates this as an electrical signal to the plant surface.
The student will benefit from strong links between the supervisor, Dr Blyth, and the John Innes Centre for plant science (JIC), which is situated within walking distance of the main UEA campus.
Project supervisor: https://people.uea.ac.uk/m_blyth
Mode of study: Full time
Start date: October 2020
Entry requirements: First degree (2:1 or above) in Mathematics or Physics.
A bench fee is also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. Applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.
ii) R. J. Morris & M. G. Blyth (2019) How water flow, geometry and material properties drive plant movements, J. Experimental Botany, 70(14)
iii) P.J. Kramer & J. S. Boyer, Water relations of plants and soils, Academic Press
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