Plant Mitochondria: From Genome to Function

  • David A. Day
  • A. Harvey Millar
  • James Whelan

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. James Whelan, Enrico Schleiff
    Pages 31-54
  3. Dominique Gagliardi, Jose Manuel Gualberto
    Pages 55-81
  4. Keith L. Adams, Daniel O. Daley
    Pages 107-120
  5. Kathleen J. Newton, Susan Gabay-Laughnan, Rosine De Paepe
    Pages 121-141
  6. Hans-Peter Braun, A. Harvey Millar
    Pages 143-162
  7. Patrick M. Finnegan, Kathleen L. Soole, Ann L. Umbach
    Pages 163-230
  8. Francis E. Sluse, Wieslawa Jarmuszkiewicz
    Pages 231-245
  9. Ferdinando Palmieri, Nathalie Picault, Luigi Palmieri, Michael Hodges
    Pages 247-275
  10. Stéphane Ravanel, Roland Douce, Fabrice Rébeillé
    Pages 277-292
  11. David J. Oliver, Per Gardeström
    Pages 293-306
  12. Lee J. Sweetlove, Christine H. Foyer
    Pages 307-320
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 321-325

About this book


Mitochondria in plants, as in other eukaryotes, play an essential role in the cell as the major producers of ATP via oxidative phosphorylation. However, mitochondria also play crucial roles in many other aspects of plant development and performance, and possess an array of unique properties which allow them to interact with the specialized features of plant cell metabolism. The two main themes running through the book are the interconnection between gene regulation and protein function, and the integration of mitochondria with other components of plant cells.

The book begins with an overview of the dynamics of mitochondrial structure, morphology and inheritance. It then discusses the biogenesis of mitochondria, the regulation of gene expression, the mitochondrial genome and its interaction with the nucleus, and the targeting of proteins to the organelle. This is followed by a discussion of the contributions that mutations, involving mitochondrial proteins, have made to our understanding of the way the organelle interacts with the rest of the plant cell, and the new field of proteomics and the discovery of new functions. Also covered are the pathways of electron transport, with special attention to the non-phosphorylating bypasses, metabolite transport, and specialized mitochondrial metabolism.

In the end, the impact of oxidative stress on mitochondria and the defense mechanisms, that are employed to allow survival, are discussed. This book is for the use of advanced undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and beginning researchers in the areas of molecular and cellular biology, integrative biology, biochemistry, bioenergetics, proteomics and plant and agricultural sciences.


ATP Expression Proteomics Transport biochemistry defense mechanism gene expression metabolism plant development proteins regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • David A. Day
    • 1
  • A. Harvey Millar
    • 1
  • James Whelan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biomedical and Chemical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6651-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2400-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-0233
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