Plant Biochemistry

Plant Biochemistry

4th Edition - October 11, 2010

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  • Authors: Hans-Walter Heldt, Birgit Piechulla
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123849878

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The fully revised and expanded fourth edition of Plant Biochemistry presents the latest science on the molecular mechanisms of plant life. The book not only covers the basic principles of plant biology, such as photosynthesis, primary and secondary metabolism, the function of phytohormones, plant genetics, and plant biotechnology, but it also addresses the various commercial applications of plant biochemistry. Plant biochemistry is not only an important field of basic science explaining the molecular function of a plant, but is also an applied science that is in the position to contribute to the solution of agricultural and pharmaceutical problems. Plants are the source of important industrial raw material such as fat and starch but they are also the basis for the production of pharmaceutics. It is expected that in the future, gene technology will lead to the extensive use of plants as a means of producing sustainable raw material for industrial purposes. As such, the techniques and use of genetic engineering to improve crop plants and to provide sustainable raw materials for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are described in this edition. The latest research findings have been included, and areas of future research are identified.

Key Features

  • Offers the latest research findings in a concise and understandable manner
  • Presents plant metabolism in the context of the structure and the function of plants
  • Includes more than 300 two-color diagrams and metabolic schemes
  • Covers the various commercial applications of plant biochemistry
  • Provides extensive references to the recent scientific literature


Faculty, graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in plant sciences, especially plant physiology, plant pathology, and plant cell biology. Researchers in industries actively involved in agrobusiness and other biotechnology enterprises. Agronomists and researchers in crop science, agriculture, plant development, and related areas

Table of Contents

  • 1. A Leaf Cell Consists of Several Metabolic Compartments
    2. The Use of Energy from Sunlight by Photosynthesis is the Basis of Life on Earth
    3. Photosynthesis is an Electron Transport Process
    4. ATP is Generated by Photosynthesis
    5. Mitochondria are the Power Station of the Cell
    6. The Calvin Cycle Catalyzes Photosynthetic CO2 Assimilation
    7. In the Photorespiratory Pathway Phosphoglycolate Formed by the Oxygenase Activity of RubisCo is Recycled
    8. Photosynthesis Implies the Consumption of Water
    9. Polysaccharides are Storage and Transport Forms of Carbohydrates Produced by Photosynthesis
    10. Nitrate Assimilation is Essential for the Synthesis of Organic Matter
    11. Nitrogen Fixation Enables the Nitrogen in the Air to be Used for Plant Growth
    12. Sulfate Assimilation Enables the Synthesis of Sulfur Containing Substances
    13. Phloem Transport Distributes Photoassimilates to the Various Sites of Consumption and Storage
    14. Products of Nitrate Assimilation are Deposited in Plants as Storage Proteins
    15. Glycerolipids are Membrane Constituents and Function as Carbon Stores
    16. Secondary Metabolites Fulfill Specific Ecological Functions in Plants
    17. Large Diversity of Isoprenoids has Multiple Funtions in Plant Metabolism
    18. Phenylpropanoids Comprise a Multitude of Plant Secondary Metabolites and Cell Wall Components
    19. Multiple Signals Regulate the Growth and Development of Plant Organs and Enable Their Adaptation to Environmental Conditions
    20. A Plant Cell has Three Different Genomes
    21. Protein Biosynthesis Occurs at Different Sites of a Cell
    22. Gene Technology Makes it Possible to Alter Plants to Meet Requirements of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Industry

Product details

  • No. of pages: 656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: October 11, 2010
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123849878

About the Authors

Hans-Walter Heldt

Hans-Walter Heldt was a professor at the University of Göttingen in the Department of Biochemistry of the plant. He is co-authored over 250 scientific publications and is the co-author of the textbook, Plant Biochemistry. In 1993, he was awarded the Max Planck Research Award together with Marshall Davidson Hatch . Since 1990, he has been a full member of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.

Affiliations and Expertise

Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute of Plant Science, University Goettingen, Germany

Birgit Piechulla

Birgit Piechulla’s current research focus is to understand the biosynthesis and regulation of volatile organic compounds of bacteria and plants (flowers) and to elucidate the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms and reactions, including signal transduction, in the mVOC receiver. She published 112 peer-reviewed publications, 25 book articles and non-peer-reviewed articles (Researchgate h-index 37). Her book, Plant Biochemistry, co-written with H.W. Heldt has been published in German, English, Russian, Japanese, Indian, Chinese and Turkish. From 1998 - 2013 she was co-editor of Plant Biology, board member of the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG) (2009-2016), board member of the Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (GBM) (2008-2016), councilor of the Int. Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE) (2014- 2017), and she held several academic positions within the university, including Vice Rector for Science at the University of Rostock (2,5 years, 2013-2015).

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Biochemistry, University Rostock, Germany

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