The object of this work was to determine the influence of a wide range of oxygen tensions upon the relative rates of respiration, mitosis, and interphase in pea root tips, compared with the normal rates of these processes in air. From the rates of disappearance of mitotic figures in excised tips kept in various oxygen tensions, the relative rates of mitosis were found to decrease gradually from 122 per cent in 100 per cent oxygen to 24 per cent in 0.0007 per cent oxygen. From the mitotic indices of intact seedlings, the relative rates of interphase were found to decrease sharply from 82 per cent in 10 per cent oxygen to 6 per cent in 5 per cent oxygen. The data on relative rates of respiration, mitosis, and interphase in root tips were compared, and it was shown that the three processes are perfectly distinct in their quantitative relationships to low oxygen tensions.
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Article| June 01 1962
OXYGEN TENSION AND THE RATES OF MITOSIS AND INTERPHASE IN ROOTS
J. E. Amoore
From the Department of Botany, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Amoore's present address is Department of Zoology, University of California, Berkeley
Received: November 14 1961
Online ISSN: 1540-8140
Print ISSN: 0021-9525
Copyright © 1962 by The Rockefeller Institute Press
J. E. Amoore; OXYGEN TENSION AND THE RATES OF MITOSIS AND INTERPHASE IN ROOTS . J Cell Biol 1 June 1962; 13 (3): 365–371. doi: https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.13.3.365
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