Turning plant interactions upside down: Light signals from below matter

Ningyi Zhang*, Jochem B. Evers, Niels P.R. Anten, Leo F.M. Marcelis

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Plants grow in dense stands receive light signals of varying strength from all directions. Plant responses to light signals from below should be considered in light‐mediated plant interactions, as their consequences for plant performance differ among ecological and agricultural settings. Where to perceive, how to integrate and what type of responses can be induced by light signals from below are major questions that need to be solved to expand our understanding of light‐mediated plant interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1111-1118
Number of pages8
JournalPlant Cell and Environment
Issue number4
Early online date29 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • canopy optimization
  • functional-structural plant modelling
  • intercropping
  • light competition
  • neighbour detection
  • shade-avoidance response
  • signal direction


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