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Plant Biochemistry - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780123849861, 9780123849878

Plant Biochemistry

4th Edition

Authors: Hans-Walter Heldt Birgit Piechulla
eBook ISBN: 9780123849878
Paperback ISBN: 9780128102145
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123849861
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th October 2010
Page Count: 656
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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


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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


Praise for the third edition:
"Plant Biochemistry will be an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers looking for a clear, up to date presentation which covers the essentials without being overwhelmed by details. There are simple, easy to grasp illustrations throughout....I would highly recommend this book as a text in plant biochemistry, physiology and biotechnology courses. The book highlights examples on how an understanding of plant biochemistry is fundamental towards the applications of biotechnology, which are bringing about a revolution in agriculture." --Gerald Edwards, Washington State University

"This is a welcome addition to the sparsely populated topic of recent textbooks in plant biochemistry. It complements rather than unnecessarily duplicates the many fine general biochemistry volumes available...The contents are well organized and laid out with logical and informative section titles. The text is nicely illustrated and regularly gives a clear and easily understandable overview of complex subjects, as well as provides some additional detail...This book will be an excellent introduction and overview of plant biochemistry to anyone interested in the subject. It also provides a nice reference for students of pharmacy, nutrition, environmental sciences, and ecology, as well as general biology students. As such, it will be a good textbook for classes associated with these subjects." --David Hildebrand, Agronomy, University of Kentucky in QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY

"The book Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by Professor Hans Heldt is an outstanding text. The material is elegantly presented, with attention to molecular structures, intracellular compartmentation, and regulatory mechanisms controlling metabolism. Difficult topics are presented with incredible clarity and with a style that reflects many decades of cutting-edge research and effective teaching by the author. I highly recommend this book for both students and researchers in the field of plant biochemistry." --Steve Huber, University of Illinois

"The third edition of Plant Biochemistry by Hans-Walter Heldt updates my favorite text on this topic. My students prefered the first edition of this book to more encyclopedic treatments by a wide margin. The book covers aspects of biochemistry that are essential to a broad understanding of plant function. The book is focused on clear explanations of the essential concepts rather than an encyclopedic approach. Simple diagrams make even complex topics clear. The typeface and layout of the new edition is improved, with important words in bold, making important topics stand out for easy comprehension. This book is invaluable as a text for any plant biochemistry course." --Thomas Sharkey, University of Wisconsin

"This 3rd edition of H.W. Heldt's Plant Biochemistry textbook is built around proven artwork from previous editions, with some intelligent additions. It adds substantial new text and more references than in the past that can guide the reader to in-depth studies, often with references from 2004, clearly this textbook is not outdated. This edition places much emphasis on concepts that are presented in lucid fashion, providing an insight into complex processes in a straightforward way. This is particularly obvious in those areas of plant biochemistry that have been the author's own field of research for several decades. This textbook is an excellent vehicle to make green biochemistry understandable to undergraduate students." --Hans Bohnert, University of Illinois

"Heldt (plant science, U. of Gottingen) and Birgin Piechulla (biological sciences, U. of Rostock, Germany) introduce plant biochemistry to students by providing a broad but concise overview of the various aspects of plant biochemistry, including molecular biology. They leave areas of general biochemistry to the many fine textbooks on it, focusing on those aspects particular to plants. Because of the importance of biotechnology, they also emphasize generating and utilizing transgenic plants. Photosynthesis plays a large part in plant chemistry, along with the large surface-area-to-mass ratio, compared to animals. This first English edition is a translation of the 2008 fourth edition of the German "Pflanzenbiochemie", published by Spektrum Adakemischer Verlag Heidelberg)." --Reference and Research Book News

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