Effect of very high pressure on life of plants and animals

F. Ono, Y. Mori, M. Sougawa, K. Takarabe, Y. Hada, N. Nishihira, Hiroyasu Motose, M. Saigusa, Yasushi Matsushima, Daisuke Yamazaki, E. Ito, N. L. Saini

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We studied the tolerance of living organisms, such as a small animal (Milnesium tardigradum), a small crustacean (Artemia), non-vascular plants or moss (Ptichomitrium and Venturiella), and a vascular plant (Trifolium) to the extremely high hydrostatic pressure of 7.5 GPa. It turned out that most of the high pressure exposed seeds of white clover were alive. Those exposed to 7.5 GPa for up to 1 day and seeded on agar germinated roots. Those exposed for up to 1 hour and seeded on soil germinated stems and leaves. Considering the fact that proteins begins to unfold around 0.3 GPa, it seems difficult to understand that all the living samples which have been investigated can survive after exposure to 7.5 GPa.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012053
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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Ono, F., Mori, Y., Sougawa, M., Takarabe, K., Hada, Y., Nishihira, N., Motose, H., Saigusa, M., Matsushima, Y., Yamazaki, D., Ito, E., & Saini, N. L. (2012). Effect of very high pressure on life of plants and animals. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 377(1), [012053]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/377/1/012053