Mathematical modeling of hyphal tip growth

Alain Goriely, Michael Tabor

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The mathematical modelling of growing filamentous cells has been approached in a variety of ways ranging from simple geometric to biomechanically based models using exact, nonlinear, elasticity theory for shells and membranes in which a growth mechanism is included, and alternative approaches using visco-plasticity theory. We describe how the nonlinear elastic model is able to capture essential biomechanical mechanical features of the growth of a broad array of filamentous cells including fungi, actinomycetes, pollen tubes, and root hairs. A comparison between this approach and visco-plasticity based models is made.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-83
Number of pages7
JournalFungal Biology Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology

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