The mechanics of Arabidopsis seed germination

Tara Holman, Darren Wells, Michael Wilson & Michael Holdsworth

Questions to answer at the Maths Study Group
1. What pressure is required for the seed to germinate? How does the size and shape of the radicle and the thickness of the testa affect the force required for the seed to germinate?
2. What sort of mechanical restraint does the endosperm offer? By how much does the endosperm have to be weakened for the radicle to protrude?

Proceedings of the Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group