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Open Access Dissertation

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Plant Biology

Year Degree Awarded


Month Degree Awarded


First Advisor

Tobias I Baskin

Subject Categories

Plant Biology


Temperature can impact growth in plants though both physical and biological means. Plants physically respond to temperature by scaling their enzyme reaction rate to temperature, such as seen in the redox reactions of photosynthesis. Biologically, a plant can respond to temperature more specifically, such as adjusting its flowering time. Recently, the Baskin lab discovered that cell division in the root of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana is temperature acclimated (Yang et al., 2017). Between the non-extreme temperatures of 15 and 25˚C cell division and growth zone length are constant. While the rate of cell division increases with temperature, the number of dividing cells decreases, which balances the total production of cells. The length of the growth zone is also temperature acclimated and does not change between moderate temperatures. The core of my dissertation has been working to understand the mechanism, as well as the significance, in the root of temperature acclimated cell division and growth zone length. I have done this by conducting on various genotypes of A. thaliana to determine what genes could be involved in temperature pathways in the root. I also looked at the growth zone length of various genotypes of A. thaliana to determine if this process was dependent on the temperature acclimated cell production rate. I have also been working on looking at these responses in another cell type-the epidermal cells. Finally, I looked at oxygen uptake of four genotypes to determine if temperature acclimated cell production was some type of cost-saving mechanism.


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