Modeling the role of inter-cellular communication in modulating photosynthesis in plants

Awan, Hamdan and Adve, Raviraj S. and Wallbridge, Nigel and Plummer, Carrol and Eckford, Andrew W. (2021) Modeling the role of inter-cellular communication in modulating photosynthesis in plants. IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological, and Multi-Scale Communications, 7 (2). pp. 94-99. ISSN 2332-7804

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In this paper we show how inter-cellular molecular communication may change the overall levels of photosynthesis in plants. Individual plant cells respond to external stimuli, such as illumination levels, to regulate their photosynthetic output. Here, we present a mathematical model which shows that by sharing information internally using molecular communication, plants may increase overall photosynthate production. Numerical results show that higher mutual information between cells corresponds to an increase in overall photosynthesis by as much as 25 per cent. This suggests that molecular communication plays a vital role in maximising the photosynthesis in plants and therefore suggests new routes to influence plant development in agriculture and elsewhere.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: Manuscript received July 20, 2020; revised February 1, 2021 and March 22, 2021; accepted March 22, 2021. Date of publication April 8, 2021; date of current version June 29, 2021. This work was supported by DARPA RadioBio Project. The associate editor coordinating the review of this article and approving it for publication was R. Morris. (Corresponding author: Hamdan Awan.) Hamdan Awan is with the Walton Institute for Information and Communication Systems Science, Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, X91 P20H, Ireland (e-mail: Publisher Copyright: © 2021 IEEE.
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