Resonance and Plant Morphogenesis

Alexis Pietak
Presented in the Embryo Physics Course, April 24, 2013


There’s a wealth of pattern in plant form, yet relatively little understanding of developmental mechanisms capable of generating the precise and intricate architectures commonly observed. This talk explores developmental flower patterns as cellular responses to a positional information field established by a physical resonance in the flower primordium. The strong parallels between flower primordia and various harmonics of the vector wave equation suggest that either endogenous electromagnetism or structural resonances generated by endogenous ultrasound are involved in long-range plant pattern formation.




Alexis Pietak (PhD Physics Queen’s University, Canada) is a biophysicist and biophysics researcher who has been delving into the secret life of plants since 2008.

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