Vascular Transport in Plants

1st Edition

Editors: N. Michelle Holbrook Maciej Zwieniecki
Print ISBN: 9780124111332
eBook ISBN: 9780080454238
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 20th June 2005
Page Count: 592
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Vascular Transport in Plants provides an up-to-date synthesis of new research on the biology of long distance transport processes in plants. It will be a valuable resource and reference for researchers and graduate level students in physiology, molecular biology, physiology, ecology, ecological physiology, development, and all applied disciplines related to agriculture, horticulture, forestry and biotechnology. The book considers long-distance transport from the perspective of molecular level processes to whole plant function, allowing readers to integrate information relating to vascular transport across multiple scales. The book is unique in presenting xylem and phloem transport processes in plants together in a comparative style that emphasizes the important interactions between these two parallel transport systems.

Key Features

  • Includes 105 exceptional figures
  • Discusses xylem and phloem transport in a single volume, highlighting their interactions
  • Syntheses of structure, function and biology of vascular transport by leading authorities
  • Poses unsolved questions and stimulates future research
  • Provides a new conceptual framework for vascular function in plants


Plant physiologists, plant biologists, plant ecophysiologists, research foresters, horticulturalists, agronomists, and paleontologists.

Table of Contents

Perspectives on the Biophysics of Xylem Transport Physiochemical Components in Phloem Transport Pathways and Mechanisms of Phloem Loading
Stomatal Control and Water Transport in the Xylem Leaf Hydraulics and Its Implications in Plant Structure and Function Interaction of Phloem and Xylem During Phloem Loading – Functional Symplasmic Roles for Thin- and Thick-Walled Sieve Tubes in Monocotyledons? Water Flow in Roots: Structural and Regulatory Features
Roots as an Integrated Part of the Translocation Pathway Growth and Water Transport in Fleshy Fruit The Stem Apoplast: A Potential Communication Channel in Plant Growth Regulation Role of Potassium in Long Distance Transport in Plants Coordination Between Shoots and Roots Sweeping Water, Oozing Carbon: Long Distance Transport and Patterns of Rhizosphere Resource Exchange
From Cambium to Early Cell Differentiation within the Secondary Vascular System Structure Function Relationships in Sapwood Water Transport and Storage Efficiency vs. Safety Trade-offs for Water Conduction in Angiosperm Vessels vs. Gymnosperm Tracheids Vascular Constraints and Long-Distance Transport in Dicots
Embolism Repair and Long Distance Water Transport


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About the Editor

N. Michelle Holbrook

Professor of Biology and Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. Her research examines the physics of plant form and function with an emphasis on vascular transport.

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.

Maciej Zwieniecki

Sargent Research Fellow at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. His research interests focus on the biology and biophysics of transport processes in plants and the water relations of tree in their natural environments.

Affiliations and Expertise

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.


"This comprehensive collection of 26 papers on all aspects of function and structure of vascular tissues will be of interest for anyone working in plant structure/function generally, or to specialists dealing with physiology of water and surgar movement, leaf functions, wood anatomy and ecophsyiology...easy to read and reference...Repeatedly, I found myself saying 'I didn't know that' or thinking that this chapter would be perfect as teh basis for a lecture or student seminar topic...I'm confident that this volume will be referred to frequently in my research and teaching." -Jack B. Fisher, for ANNALS OF BOTANY "This book is a valuable contribution to the study of long distance transport in plants and presents a comprehensive and accessible synthesis of current thinking. It should be of great value to workers involved in all aspects of transport in plants, particularly those with interests in mobility of nutrients, agrochemicals, and is refreshing to revisit this topic some 30 years later and find that, while there seems to be consensus on the mechanism of translocation, there is still so much thought-provoking investigation taking place." -Nicholas W. Lepp, School of Biological and Earth Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, for JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY "...this book is not only a highly valuable resource of current knowledge in plant vascular transport but also a source of inspiration for further research. It is a worthy addition to the library of researchers with an interest in vascular transport. If any lingering doubt remains, please glance over the Preface and Chapter 26 for the underlying philosophy." -John W. Patrick, The University of Newcastle, Australia, in PLANT SCIENCE 2005 "...the contributions are excellent and provide not only a good overview of current topics in long distance biophysics and physiology