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Front. Plant Sci., 28 September 2018 |

Corrigendum: Low-Light Dependence of the Magnetic Field Effect on Cryptochromes: Possible Relevance to Plant Ecology

  • 1Environmental and Work Health Research Center, School of Public Health, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2Institute of Neuroscience, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
  • 3Department of General Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany
  • 4Department of Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences, Praha, Czechia

A Corrigendum on
Low-Light Dependence of the Magnetic Field Effect on Cryptochromes: Possible Relevance to Plant Ecology

by Vanderstraeten, J., Gailly, P., and Malkemper, E. P. (2018). Front. Plant Sci. 9:121. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00121

In the original article, there was an error. The definition of f (x) (Equation 6) requires additional clarification, particularly the approach used to calculate Δ[Cry*]/Δk1.

A correction has been made to the section LIGHT INTENSITY-DEPENDENCE OF THE MF EFFECT ON PLANTS, subsections I-Dependence of the MF Effect on Cry, and I-Dependence of the MF Effect on Cry Signaling State, Paragraph 3.

“… where f (x) gives the solution for Δ[B]eqka (Δ[Cry*]/Δk1) according to log (ka/kb) for the case where Δkak1) = 20%, that is within the range of values possibly caused by the GMF, i.e., 1–50% (Maeda et al., 2012; Kattnig et al., 2016). Note f (x) remains similar within that range. For Δka = 1 or 50%, it is, respectively, slightly shifted to the right (centered at x ~ 0) or to the left (centered at x = −0.5), and its slope remains similar. Δ[Cry*]/Δk1 is then calculated for different I and T values, with x = log (k1/k2 + k1b) at each respective values.”

The authors apologize for this error and state that this does not change the scientific conclusions of the article in any way.

The original article has been updated.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


We are very grateful to Prof. Peter Hore of the University of Oxford, for having highlighted the lack of accuracy of the definition of f(x).


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Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana, clock proteins, geomagnetic field, light intensity, magnetoreception, plant growth, static magnetic fields

Citation: Vanderstraeten J, Gailly P and Malkemper EP (2018) Corrigendum: Low-Light Dependence of the Magnetic Field Effect on Cryptochromes: Possible Relevance to Plant Ecology. Front. Plant Sci. 9:1459. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.01459

Received: 19 July 2018; Accepted: 12 September 2018;
Published: 28 September 2018.

Edited and reviewed by: Aude Tixier, University of California, Davis, United States

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