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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced during the interaction of metabolism with oxygen. As ROS have the potential to cause oxidative damage by reacting with biomolecules, research on ROS has concentrated on the oxidative damage that results from exposure to environmental stresses and on the role of ROS in defence against pathogens. However, more recently, it has become apparent that ROS also have important roles as signalling molecules. A complex network of enzymatic and small molecule antioxidants controls the concentration of ROS and repairs oxidative damage, and research is revealing the complex and subtle interplay between ROS and antioxidants in controlling plant growth, development and response to the environment.

This book covers these new developments, generally focussing on molecular and biochemical details and providing a point of entry to the detailed literature. It is directed at researchers and professionals in plant molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology, in both the academic and industrial sectors.

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Antioxidants and Reactive Oxygen Species in Plants summarizes muchrecent research in to the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) inplant metabolism, underling the important role of ROS as signallingmolecules in plant growth and development and in plant responses tobiotic and abiotic stress. It provides a solid background forresearch workers involved in this field of investigation andcomprises eleven chapters written by twenty authors, all of whomare recognized scientists with notable achievements in researchinto antioxidants and oxygen stress.

The great value of the book is that it reflects recent markedchanges in our view of ROS.

The book will be very useful not only for researchers directlyinvolved in ROS and antioxidants investigations, but also to thosewho are entering the field, since each chapter has a briefintroduction with definitions and an explanation of the problem. Ican certainly recommend Antioxidants and Reactive Oxygen Species inPlants to graduate students with a background in plant molecularbiology, biochemistry and environmental biology and who have aninterest in the growing significance of ROS in so many aspects ofplant life.

Anna M. Rychter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405125291
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/5/2005
  • Series: Biological Sciences Series , #17
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Nicholas Smirnoff is at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of Exeter, UK

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Table of Contents

1. Glutathione.

Christine H. Foyer, Leonardo Gomez and Philippus D. R. vanHeerden, Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, UK.

2. Plant thiol enzymes and thiol homeostasis in relation tothiol-dependent redox regulation and oxidative stress.

Karl-Josef Dietz, Lehrstuhl für Biochemie und Physiologieder Pflanzen, Fakultät für Biologie, UniversitätBielefeld, Germany.

3. Ascorbate, tocopherol and carotenoids: metabolism, pathwayengineering and functions.

Nicholas Smirnoff, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences,University of Exeter, UK.

4. Ascorbate peroxidase.

Ron Mittler, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nevada,Reno, USA and Thomas L. Poulos, Department of Molecular Biology andBiochemistry, University of California, Irvine, USA.

5. Catalases in plants: molecular and functional properties androle in stress defence.

Jürgen Feierabend, Institute of Botany, J. W. GoetheUniversität, Frankfurt, Germany.

6. Phenolics as antioxidants.

Stepehen C. Grace, Biology Department, University of Arkansas atLittle Rock, Arkansas, USA.

7. Reactive oxygen species as signalling molecules.

Radhika Desikan, John Hancock and Steven Neill, Centre forResearch in Plant Science, University of the West of England,Bristol, UK.

8. Reactive oxygen species in plant development and pathogendefence.

Mark A. Jones and Nicholas Smirnoff, School of Biological andChemical Sciences, University of Exeter, UK.

9. Reactive oxygen species in cell walls.

Robert A. M. Vreeburg and Stephen C. Fry, School of BiologicalSciences, University of Edinburgh, UK.

10. Reactive oxygen species and photosynthesis.

Barry Logan, Biology Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick,Maine, USA.

11. Plant responses to ozone.

Pinja Jaspers, Hannes Kollist, Christian Langebartels, andJaakko Kangasjärvi, Department of Biological and EnvironmentalSciences, University of Helsinki, Finland.



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