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Mechanical characterisation of plant cell walls using atomic force microscopy (AFM) in collaboration with Condensed Matter Physics.
The project is about the application and development of nano-mechanical techniques to determine of mechanical properties of plant cell wall on a molecular and cellular level. For this examination quasi-static and dynamic AFM techniques will find application. The aim is to obtain mechanical properties for a better understanding of cell wall mechanics in cells exhibiting diverse modes of growth and in genotypes with compromised wall biochemistry or cell biology. The model system is Arbidopsis thaliana in an early developmental stage.