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Second International Conference on Advances in Bio-Informatics, Bio-Technology and Environmental Engineering - ABBE 2014

Biological Signals Transmitted by Longitudinal Waves Influencing the Growth of Plants

Author(s) : HEIDE SCHNABL, KONSTANTIN MEYL

Abstract

In the experiments presented the effects of transmitting information derived from the growth hormone gibberellic acid (GA) to peas over a distance of some meters have been measured. Transmission of the biochemical characteristics of GA was achieved through a carrier wave of approximately 6.78 MHz running along a copper wire comparable to a strip line from the gibberellic acid as the source of information to the exposed peas, which reacted by a statistically significant enhanced root growth. The measured averages of the germinating pea root lengths were compared to control values, i.e. values corresponding to untreated peas. While continuous GA transmission resulted in an average increase of root length by approximately 50-60%, a singular burst of 15 minutes could increase roots’ length by an additional 42%, raising the increase relative to the control group by as much as 125% in total. Both values could be established with very high statistical significance. In a third experimental setup, the peas were treated instead of a GA-signal, with an apoptotic signal produced in two different ways: with a pulse carrying the information of peas (a) either stored anaerobically (48-100 hours) or (b) peas macerized and therefore decomparmented. The almost total inhibition of root growth showed, again with high statistical significance, that an information transmission must have occurred remotely. The molecule hypothesized should be cytochrome c, released by the stress occurring during the apoptotical process. Some hypotheses in technical as well as in biological respect are being discussed.

Conference Title : Second International Conference on Advances in Bio-Informatics, Bio-Technology and Environmental Engineering - ABBE 2014
Conference Date(s) : 16 - 17 November, 2014
Place : University of Birmingham, UK
No fo Author(s) : 2
DOI : 10.15224/978-1-63248-053-8-03
Page(s) : 11 - 15
Electronic ISBN : 978-1-63248-053-8
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