OLSON, AARON. Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young Unversity, Provo Utah 84604. - Metabolic pathways of oats.
The growth rate of a plant is determined by its genetic capabilities,
and its interactions with its surroundings. Calorimetric measurements
of heat and CO2 rates were taken to determine how metabolism of oats
changes with temperature. Growth rate and substrate carbon conversion
efficiency are calculated from the respiration data. We plan to
measure oxygen isotopes by mass spectrometry to determine the
oxidative-phosphorylation pathways plants use to adapt to temperature.
The results of the measurements will give a better understanding of
how plants respond to stress, and what it is they do in their
metabolism that allows them to make these changes.
Key words: Avena sativa L., Calorimetry, Growth, Metabolic, Oats, Pathways