Obvious but Unanswered Question on Phototropism

struwwelpeter(5)April 26, 2010

According to Wikipedia, "The cells on the plant that are farthest from the light have a chemical called auxin that reacts when phototropism occurs. ... blah, blah, blah"

Is this because:

A. More auxin is destroyed on the light exposed side?

B. Less auxin is synthesized on the light exposed side?

C. Auxin migrates away from or not to the light exposed side?

D. None of the above.

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Auxin is produced by the apical meristem and is transported to the side of the stem opposite the light stimulus, causing the cells on the "dark" side to elongate more and the stem to grow (bend) towards the light.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 6:28PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Some sketches of how they figured it out at: The discovery of auxins: phototropism

    Bookmark   April 27, 2010 at 12:15PM
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struwwelpeter(5)

"Auxin is produced by the apical meristem and is transported to the side of the stem opposite the light stimulus, causing the cells on the "dark" side to elongate more and the stem to grow (bend) towards the light."

That sentence does not imply that A. is false, i.e., auxin is NOT also transported to the light side where it is destroyed by the light. What experimental evidence disproves A.? If all sides of the plant are illuminated equally, is there a net reduction of auxin in the plant or is it constant?

    Bookmark   April 28, 2010 at 2:43PM
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tropicalfreak(z10b Ft Lauderdale)

Phototropism is cool! I loved learning about that in my Botany course.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 5:19PM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

Indiana.edu site on Phototropism Part I: Light and auxin has diagrams similar to those linked above with a tiny bit more.

As someone already noted, it is a really fascinating field of interest.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 1:46PM
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pinetree30(Sierra Westside)

In pine shoots, auxin appears not to be made in the apical meristem, but rather in the developing leaves (needles). Removal of the AM does not inhibit stem elongation; plucking off the young needles does inhibit it.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2010 at 4:35PM
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