Plant Cell Death Processes

Edited by

  • Larry Nooden, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Programmed cell death is a common pattern of growth and development in both animals and plants. However, programmed cell death and related processes are not as generally recognized as central to plant growth. This is changing fast and is becoming more of a focus of intensive research. This edited work will bring under one cover recent reviews of programmed cell death, apoptosis and senescence.
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Advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and researchers in plant science, plant development, plant growth, plant physiology, plant pathology and related disciplines; libraries at institutions with strong programs in these and related areas.


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-520915-1


Throughout 26 chapters Plant Cell Death Processes discusses all essential topics of plant senescence from molecular approaches to ecological and evolutionary considerations. An introductory chapter together with comparative cell death and integrative whole plant senescence chapters provide updated perspectives which will be appreciated by both specialized and general interest readers. Going into basic mechanisms, chapters provide a full account of the different senescence-related processes with special emphasis on recent molecular and genetic approaches connecting pioneering senescence investigations, programmed cell death (PCD) in plants and animals and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Far from a descriptive approach, introductory and ecological chapters provide excellent complements to the integrative explanations in the chapters devoted to specific processes or organs. Triggering factors, cause-effect sequences of processes an the ecological-evolutionary fitness meaning of senescence are the key questions in the field. They are competently treated through specific perspectives in the different chapters, avoiding simplifications and showing their complexity and molecular relations with other processes previously considered outside of the senescence field. In my opinion, Plant Cell Death Processes will be an obligate reference book for those investigating in plant senescence and in several fields sharing molecular processes with senescence. -Prof. Bartolomé Sabater, Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

Table of Contents

IntroductionDeath and Cell DifferentiationDisease, Mechanisms, and Molecular Markers Gene Expression during SenescenceGenes that Alter SenescenceSenescence and Genetic EngineeringProteolysisEthylene SignalingJasmonates - Biosynthesis, Stress Responses and DevelopmentProgrammed Cell Death and Related ProcessesPhotosynthesis and Chloroplast BreakdownHow Leaves TurnFree Radicals and Oxidative StressNutrient ResorptionWhole Plant SenescenceAutumnal and TreesTop Senescence in PerennialsPhototoxicityUltraviolet EffectsEffects of Airborne PollutantsPhysiology of Flower SenescencePostharvest Senescence of VegetablesEvolution and Demography of Whole Plant SenescenceFlower LongevityLeaf SenescenceLight and Senescence