Molecular approach to the nyctinastic movement of the plant controlled by a biological clock

Minoru Ueda, Noboru Takada, Shosuke Yamamura

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Abstract

Most leguminous plants close their leaves in the evening, as if to sleep, and open them early in the morning. This circadian rhythm is known to be controlled by the biological clock of such plants. Extensive studies on other nyctinastic plants led to the isolation of a variety of leaf-closing and leaf-opening substances. And, we found that the circadian rhythmic leaf-movement of these plants is controlled by a biological clock that regulates the balance of concentration between leaf-opening and -closing substances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-164
Number of pages9
JournalInternational journal of molecular sciences
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Oct
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biological clock
  • Leaf-closing substance
  • Leaf-opening substance
  • Legumes
  • Nyctinasty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Molecular Biology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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