Plant Signal Transduction by Dierk Scheel

Plant Signal Transduction

EditorDierk Scheel, Claus Wasternack

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The growth and differentiation of living organisms are continuously adjusted to a multitude of environmental factors, each of which underlies a perpetual variation. The sessile existence of plants further emphasizes the requirement for efficient adaptation and defence mechanisms. The changesin environmental factors may range from moderate to dramatic and can concern many components at the same time. They may be abiotic or biotic in nature and range from essential to toxic in their effects. Among the numerous abiotic factors are nutrients, light, oxygen, water, temperature, gravity,wind, touch and chemicals. Biotic factors are represented by other organisms involved in symbiotic, pathogenic or herbivorous interactions with plants. All of these environmental factors are independently and specifically recognized by plants. Perception and overall response are linked by signal transduction pathways at cellular, systemic and interorganismic levels. In order to guarantee proper adaptation to the environment, signals generated following perception of a multitude of environmental factors need to be integrated and evaluatedaccording to their importance. Cross-talk between different signaling pathways within such networks appears to be the basis for the evaluation of the importance of incoming signals. Knowledge of these complex processes allows a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation.Modulation of distinct signaling elements can generate plants with improved stress resistance.This book represents a comprehensive summary of the enormous amount of information that is now available on signal transduction processes involved in the communication of plants with abiotic and biotic elements of their environment.

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Dierk Scheel is at Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany. Claus Wasternack is at Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Halle, Germany.

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Title:Plant Signal TransductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:346 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.82 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199638799

ISBN - 13:9780199638796

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1. Scheel and Wasternack: Signal transduction in plants: cross talk with the environment2. Nagy and Schafer: Light perception and signal transduction3. Schaller and Weiler: Wound- and mechanical signalling4. Vranova et al: The role of active oxygen species in plant signal transduction5. Bharti and Nover: Heat stress-induced signalling6. Salinas: Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in cold acclimation7. Kirch Phillips and Bartels: Dehydration stress signal transduction8. Xiong and Zhu: Salt stress signal transduction in plants9. Ham and Bent: Recognition and defense signalling in plant/bacterial and fungal interactions10. Whitham and Dinesh-Kumar: Signalling in plant-virus interactions11. Mirabella, Franssen and Bisseling: LCO signalling in the interaction between rhizobia and legumes12. Martin et al: Rhizospheric signals and early molecular events in the ectomycorrhizal symbiosis13. Dicke and van Poecke: Signalling in plant-insect interactions: signal transduction in direct and indirect plant defence

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"Researchers mostly from Europe, but some also from the US, summarize the information that is now available on signal transduction processes in the communication of plants with biotic and abiotic elements of their environment. Each focuses on a specific stress response and the mechanisms of signal transduction involved in it. Among the stimuli they consider are light, wounds, heat, persistent cold, dehydration, bacteria and fungus, and insects."--SciTech Book News