Botanical Applications of Microautoradiography

  • Ulrich Lüttge


Historically, microautoradiography has already been a successful tool in medicine and zoology while progress in the application of the technique to physiological problems in the plant sciences was slow. There may be several reasons for this, the most pertinent of which is the different nature of plant cells and animal cells. Although the microautoradiographic technique is applicable in principle to both plant and animal tissues, plant cells with a prominent cell wall and with a large central sap vacuole pose different preparative problems than animal cells. Hence, it is not surprising that, in the classical monograph of microautoradiographic techniques published in 1955 by Boyd, botanical applications are extremely few. And even in more recent publications (Rogers, 1967; Fischer and Werner, 1971) there is very little reference to microautoradiographic work with plant material (in addition, see chapter 16 in Jensen, 1962).


Guard Cell Plant Science Sulfate Uptake Stomatal Guard Cell Physiological Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Lüttge
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  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie - BotanikTechnischen HochschuleDarmstadtW.-Germany

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