Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://doi.org/10.25358/openscience-6319
Authors: Fabricant, Anne
Iwata, Geoffrey Z.
Scherzer, Sönke
Bougas, Lykourgos
Rolfs, Katharina
Jodko-Władzińska, Anna
Voigt, Jens
Hedrich, Rainer
Budker, Dmitry
Title: Action potentials induce biomagnetic fields in carnivorous Venus flytrap plants
Online publication date: 10-Sep-2021
Language: english
Abstract: Upon stimulation, plants elicit electrical signals that can travel within a cellular network analogous to the animal nervous system. It is well-known that in the human brain, voltage changes in certain regions result from concerted electrical activity which, in the form of action potentials (APs), travels within nerve-cell arrays. Electro- and magnetophysiological techniques like electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, and magnetic resonance imaging are used to record this activity and to diagnose disorders. Here we demonstrate that APs in a multicellular plant system produce measurable magnetic fields. Using atomic optically pumped magnetometers, biomagnetism associated with electrical activity in the carnivorous Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, was recorded. Action potentials were induced by heat stimulation and detected both electrically and magnetically. Furthermore, the thermal properties of ion channels underlying the AP were studied. Beyond proof of principle, our findings pave the way to understanding the molecular basis of biomagnetism in living plants. In the future, magnetometry may be used to study long-distance electrical signaling in a variety of plant species, and to develop noninvasive diagnostics of plant stress and disease.
DDC: 530 Physik
530 Physics
570 Biowissenschaften
570 Life sciences
Institution: Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Department: FB 08 Physik, Mathematik u. Informatik
Helmholtz Institut Mainz
Place: Mainz
DOI: http://doi.org/10.25358/openscience-6319
Version: Published version
Publication type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz
License: CC-BY
Information on rights of use: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Journal: Scientific reports
11
Pages or article number: 1438
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature
Publisher place: London
Issue date: 2021
ISSN: 2045-2322
Publisher's URL: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81114-w
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