Plant Hormones: Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology / Edition 1

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Plant hormones play a crucial role in controlling the way in which plants grow and develop. While metabolism provides the power and building blocks for plant life, it is the hormones that regulate the speed of growth of the individual parts and integrate them to produce the form that we recognize as a plant. In addition, hormones play a governing role in the process of reproduction.
This book is a description of these natural chemicals: how they are synthesized and metabolized, how they act at both the organismal and molecular levels, how we measure them, and a description of some of the roles they play in regulating plant growth and development. This is the second edition of the highly acclaimed monograph published in 1987 under the title Plant Hormones and their Role in Plant Growth and Development. All chapters have been rewritten to include the latest information on plant hormones, and several totally new chapters have been included, particularly with reference to the molecular biology of plant hormones. The book is a selected collection of newly written, carefully integrated and illustrated reviews describing our knowledge of plant hormones and the experimental work that is the foundation of this information.
It is directed at advanced students and professionals in the plant sciences: botanists, biochemists and molecular biologists; and those involved with the horticultural, agricultural and forestry sciences. It can serve as a text and guide for graduate level courses on plant hormones or plant growth and development, and as a supplement to courses on plant or comparative development. Scientists in other disciplines who wish to learn more about hormones and their role in plant development will also find this text of value.

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'... it is relatively easy to read, gives the reader much multidisciplinary data and...thousands of bibliograhpic references.'
Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, 22:2 (2000)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792329848
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/30/1995
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 833

Table of Contents

A: Introduction. 1. The plant hormones: Their nature, occurrence, and functions; P.J. Davies. 2. The plant hormone concept: Concentration, and sensitivity and transport; P.J. Davies. B: Hormone Synthesis and Metabolism. 1. Auxin biosynthesis and metabolism; R.S. Bandurski, J.D. Cohen, J. Slovin, D.M. Reinecke. 2. Gibberellin biosynthesis and metabolism; V.M. Sponsel. 3.Cytokinin biosynthesis and metabolism; B.A. McGaw. 4. Biosynthesis and metabolism of ethylene; T.A. McKeon, J.C. Fernandez-Maculet, S.F. Yang. 5. Abscisic acid biosynthesis and metabolism; D.C. Walton. C: Other Hormonal Compounds. 1. Polyamines as endogenous growth regulators; A.W. Galston, R. Kaur-Sawhney. 2. Jasmonates, salicylic acid and brassinosteroids; P.E. Staswick, I. Raskin, R.N. Arteca. D: How Hormones Work. 1. Auxin and cell elongation; R.E. Cleland. 2. The control of gene expression by auxin; G. Hagen. 3. Gibberellin action in germinating cereal grains; J.V. Jacobsen, F. Gubler, P.M. Chanderl. 4. Hormone binding and signal transduction; K.R. Libbenga, A.M. Mennes. 5. Calcium and plant hormone action; P.C. Bethke, S. Gilroy, R.L. Jones. E: Molecular Aspects of Hormone Synthesis and Action. 1. Genes specifying auxin and cytokinin biosynthesis in prokaryotes; R.O. Morris. 2. Transgenic plants in hormone biology; H.J. Klee, M.B. Lanahan. 3. Biochemical and genetic approaches to study the mechanism of action of auxins; J. Schell, K. Palme, R. Walden. 4. Ethylene genes and fruit ripening; S. Picton, J.E. Gray, D. Grierson. 5. The role of hormones in gene activation in response to wounding; H. Pena-Cortes, L. Willmitzer. F: Hormone Analysis. 1.Instrumental methods of plant hormone analysis; R. Horgan. 2. Immunoassay methods of plant hormone analysis; J.L. Caruso, V.C. Pence, L.A. Leverone. G: The Functioning of Hormones in Plant Growth and Development. 1. Hormone mutants and plant development; J.B. Reid, S.H. Howell. 2. Ethylene in plant growth, development, and senescence; M.S. Reid. 3. Auxin transport; T.L. Lomax, G.K. Muday, P.H. Rubery. 4. The induction of vcascular tissues by auxin; R. Aloni. 5. Hormones and the orientation of growth; P.B. Kaufman, L-L. Wu, T.G. Brock, D. Kim. 6. Hormonal regulation of apical dominance; I.A. Tamas. 7. Hormones as regulators of water balance; T.A. Mansfield, M.R. McAinsh. 8. Hormones and reproductive development; J.D. Metzger. 9. The role of hormones in photosynthate partitioning and seed filling; M.L. Brenner, N. Cheikh. 10. The role of hormones during seed development; C.D. Rock, R.S. Quatrano. 11. The role of hormones in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) tuberization; E.E. Ewing. 12. Postharvest hormone changes in vegetables and fruit; P.M. Ludford. 13. Hormones in tissue culture and micropropagation; A.D. Krikorian. 14. Natural and synthetic growth regulators and their use in horticultural and agronomic crops; T.J. Gianfagna. >

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