Processes and Control of Plant Senescence

Processes and Control of Plant Senescence

1st Edition - March 1, 1986

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  • Editors: Y.Y. Leshem, A.H. Halevy, C. Frenkel
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444598462

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This monograph provides basic and empiric information underlying processes believed to be involved in the doubtless multifunctional plant senescence syndrome. While essentially assuming a `basic science' approach the authors, drawing on data obtained from many of the main laboratories and research centres involved in senescence research the world over, and also on findings of the research groups they are associated with, have described how principles of basic science have been applied to practical problems, and have outlined the partial means presently available to man for achieving plant senescence control. Moreover, information is provided on current problems in the forefront of senescence research. This approach will hopefully engender further enquiry and lead at least to partial solutions to some of the as yet unsolved problems.The book will be an asset to the book shelves of students on advanced courses in agriculture, biology and biochemistry as well as scientists and research workers, university and agricultural research station libraries and horticulturalists.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Part One. General

    Chapter 1. Plant Senescence

    Senescence Curves

    Senescence Factors in the Whole Plant


    References and Recommended Reading

    Part Two. Senescence Factors

    Chapter 2. Ethylene as a Senescence Factor

    Mode of Ethylene Biosynthesis

    Regulation of Ethylene Biosynthesis by Ethylene

    Conversion of ACC to Ethylene

    Other Pathways of Ethylene Synthesis

    The Ethylene Inhibitor

    Ethylene Precursors and Polyamines

    Ethylene Metabolism

    Interaction of Ethylene with Other Phytohormones

    Ethylene and Fruit Ripening

    Applied Aspects of Ethylene Control

    Calcium and Ethylene

    Ethylene in Plant Disease

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 3. Abscisic Acid, Xanthoxin and Phaseic Acid

    Mode of Endogenous Biosynthesis

    Abscisic Acid: A Senescence or a Stress Coping Hormone?

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 4. Membranes and Senescence

    Phospholipids and Glycolipids

    Membranal Proteins

    Membrane Lipid Phases and Phase Changes in Ageing

    Transition Temperatures


    X-ray Diffraction of Membranes

    Microviscosity and Senescence

    Membrane Lipid Catabolism

    Calcium, Calmodulin and Senescence Control

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 5. Oxidative Processes in Biological Systems and their Role in Plant Senescence

    The Electronic Structure of Molecular Oxygen

    Modes of Reaction of Triplet Molecular Oxygen (3O2)

    Activated Oxygen Species

    Potential Oxygen Damage in Photosynthesis

    Oxygen and Ageing

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 6. Free Radicals and Senescence

    Potentially Harmful Species of Free Radicals

    Modes of Biosynthesis

    Endogenous Control of Free Radical Metabolism

    PUFA Oxidation, Lipoxygenase and Free Radical Formation

    Plant Senescence, ESR Signals and Free Radicals

    Free Radicals and Environmental Ozone Pollution

    Tryptophan Depletion, Dioxygenases and Superoxide


    References and Recommended Reading

    Part Three. Senescence of Plant Organs

    Chapter 7. Whole Plant Senescence

    Nutrient Deficiency Theories

    Hormonal Theories

    Senescence Hormone



    Chapter 8. Abscission

    Leaf Abscission

    Physiological and Anatomical Aspects of Abscission

    Flower Abscission

    Fruit Drop

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 9. Flower Senescence

    Biochemical, Biophysical and Ultrastructural Changes during Petal Senescence

    Changes in Flower Pigmentation with Age

    Involvement of Plant Hormones in the Control of Flower Senescence

    References and Recommended Reading

    Chapter 10. Fruit Ripening

    The Manifestation of Ripening

    Fruit Classification According to Ripening Patterns

    The Regulation of Ripening

    The Hormonal Control of Ripening

    Environmental Influences on Ripening


    References and Recommended Reading


Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 1986
  • Published: March 1, 1986
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444598462

About the Editors

Y.Y. Leshem

A.H. Halevy

C. Frenkel

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