A symposium entitled "The New Frontiers and Future Perspectives of Plant Bio chemistry" was held in Nagoya, Japan, September 1-3, 1981 in honor of Professor lkuzo Uritani. Recognizing his planned retirement from Nagoya University in March, 1982, the meeting was organized by Professor Uritani's Japanese colleagues and included a nurober of foreign scientists, many whom were his close friends. This volume is a compilation of the principal papers contributed for the occasion and is dedicated to Professor Uritani as an expression of the high esteem in which he is held for his outstanding achievements in the field of plant biochemistry and plant disease physiology, as well as to convey our warm personal affection and friendship. The subjects covered in the volume are diverse, reflecting the honoree's broad research interests, but at the same time articles written by experts in each field pro vide a clear picture of the current frontiers and perspectives of plant biochernistry research. The continuing development of new experimental strategies has spurred rapid and broad research advances in this field of science, and the many interesting concepts now at hand hold promise of further unique progress in the years ahead. lt is hoped that this volume will serve as a stimulating text for scientists in this field.