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The scientific and economic significance of plant senescence means that much effort has been made to understand the processes involved and to devise means of manipulating them agriculturally. During the past few years there has been considerable progress in this regard, especially in the molecular, genetic and genomic aspects. Senescence has a tremendous impact on agriculture. For example, leaf senescence limits crop yield and biomass production, and contributes substantially to postharvest loss in vegetable and ornamental crops during transportation, storage and on shelves. In addition, proteins, antioxidants and other nutritional compounds are degraded during senescence. Senescing tissues also become more susceptible to pathogen infection, and some of the pathogens may produce toxins, rendering food unsafe. Mitotic senescence may also determine sizes of leaves, fruits and whole plants. This volume summarizes recent progresses in the physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and biotechnology of plant senescence. Beginning with a chapter on senescence-related terminology and our current knowledge of mitotic senescence in plants (a less well-studied area), the book focuses on post-mitotic senescence, and includes chapters addressing the senescence of leaves, flowers and fruits. Later chapters examine the development of various new biotechnologies for manipulating the senescence processes of fruit and leaves, some of which are approaching commercialization. The book is directed at researchers and professionals in plant molecular genetics, physiology and biochemistry.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume would be most valuable for graduate students or moresenior research who are initiating research programs to determinehow the senescence process in plants might be controlled."(Quarterly Review of Biology, December 2008)

"This volume summarizes recent progresses in the physiology,biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genomics,proteomics, and biotechnology of plant senescence... The book isdirected at researchers and professionals in plantmoleculargenetics, physiology and biochemistry." (Biotechnology,Agronomy, Society and Environment, vol 11, 2007)

"This is a timely book that addresses many of therecent advances in the plant senescence field" (Annals ofBotany 101: 197, 2008)

"...would be a valuable text for any students or otherresearchers interested in developing projects in this area"(Annals of Botany 101: 197, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405139847
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Annual Plant Reviews Series , #30
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Susheng Gan is at the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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Table of Contents

1. Mitotic senescence in plants.

Dr Susheng Gan, Department of Horticulture, CornellUniversity, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.

2. Chlorophyll catabolism and leaf coloration.

Dr Stefan Hörtensteiner, Institute of PlantSciences, University of Bern, Altenbergrain 21, CH-3013 Bern,Switzerland; and.

Dr David W. Lee, Department of Biological Sciences,Florida International University, Miami FL 33199, USA.


3. Membrane dynamics and regulation of subcellular changesduring senescence.

Marianne Hopkins, Linda McNamara, Catherine Taylor, Tzann-WeiWang and Dr John Thompson, Department of Biology, University ofWaterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1, Canada.


4. Oxidative stress and leaf senescence.

Dr Ulrike Zentgraf, ZMBP, General Genetics, University ofTuebingen, Auf der Morgenstelle 28, 72076 Tuebingen, Germany.


5. Nutrient remobilization during leaf senescence.

Dr Andreas M. Fischer, Department of Plant Sciences, 210AgBioScience Facility, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717,USA.


6. Environmental regulation of leaf senescence.

Dr Amnon Lers, Department of Postharvest Science of FreshProduce, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center,P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel.


7. Developmental and hormonal control of leafsenescence.

Jos H. M. Schippers, Molecular Biology of Plants,Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and Biotechnology Institute,University of Groningen, Kerklaan 30, 9751 NN, Haren, TheNetherlands;.

Hai-Chun Jing, Wheat Pathogenesis Programme,Plant-Pathogen Interactions Division, Rothamsted Research,Harpenden AL5 2JQ, UK; and.

Jacques Hille and Dr Paul Dijkwel, Molecular Biology ofPlants, Groningen Biomolecular Sciences and BiotechnologyInstitute, University of Groningen, Kerklaan 30, 9751 NN, Haren,The Netherlands.




8. The genetic control of senescence revealed by mappingquantitative trait loci.

Dr Helen J. Ougham, Dr Ian Armstead and Dr CatherineHowarth, Plant Genetics & Breeding Department, Institute ofGrassland & Environmental Research, Plas Gogerddan,Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3EB, Wales, UK;.

Dr Isaac Galyuon, Department of Molecular Biology andBiotechnology, School of Biological Sciences, University of CapeCoast, Cape Coast, Ghana; and.

Dr Iain Donnison and Professor Howard Thomas, PlantGenetics & Breeding Department, Institute of Grassland &Environmental Research, Plas Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, CeredigionSY23 3EB, Wales, UK.

9. Genomics and proteomics of leaf senescence.

Dr Marie-Jeanne Carp and Dr Shimon Gepstein, Departmentof Biology, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa,32000, Israel.

10. Molecular regulation of leaf senescence.

Dr Hyo Jung Kim, Division of Molecular Life Sciences,Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Kyungbuk,790-784, South Korea;.

Dr Pyung Ok Lim, Department of Science Education, ChejuNational University, Cheju, 690-756, South Korea; and.

Dr Hong-Gil Nam, Division of Molecular Life Sciences,Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, Kyungbuk,790-784, South Korea.


11. Flower senescence.

Professor Michael S. Reid and Dr Jen-Chih Chen,Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, One ShieldsDrive, Davis, CA 95616, USA.

12. Fruit ripening and its manipulation.

Dr James Giovannoni, USDA-ARS Plant, Soil and NutritionLab and Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, CornellUniversity Campus, Tower Road., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.

13. Genetic manipulation of leaf senescence.

Dr Yongfeng Guo and Dr Susheng Gan, Department ofHorticulture, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

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