Ascorbic Acid in Plant Growth, Development and Stress Tolerance

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
  • Sergi Munné-Bosch
  • David J.  Burritt
  • Pedro Diaz-Vivancos
  • Masayuki Fujita
  • Argelia Lorence

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Kazuya Yoshimura, Takahiro Ishikawa
    Pages 1-23
  3. Ana Ortiz-Espín, Antonio Sánchez-Guerrero, Francisca Sevilla, Ana Jiménez
    Pages 25-45
  4. Sonja Veljović-Jovanović, Marija Vidović, Filis Morina
    Pages 47-109
  5. Marina Suekawa, Takayuki Kondo, Yukichi Fujikawa, Muneharu Esaka
    Pages 157-176
  6. Carlos G. Bartoli, Agustina Buet, Gustavo Gergoff Grozeff, Andrea Galatro, Marcela Simontacchi
    Pages 177-200
  7. Elżbieta Kuźniak, Tomasz Kopczewski, Joanna Chojak-Koźniewska
    Pages 201-231
  8. Rebecca Stevens, Vincent Truffault, Pierre Baldet, Hélène Gautier
    Pages 273-295
  9. Javier Alberto Miret, Maren Müller
    Pages 297-319
  10. Jessica P. Yactayo-Chang, Lucia M. Acosta-Gamboa, Nirman Nepal, Argelia Lorence
    Pages 321-354
  11. Marina Suekawa, Yukichi Fujikawa, Muneharu Esaka
    Pages 355-373
  12. Gavin M. George, Michael E. Ruckle, Melanie R. Abt, Simon E. Bull
    Pages 375-415
  13. Jarrod Creameans, Karina Medina-Jiménez, Tanya Gómez-Díaz, Viankail Cedillo-Castelán, Dulce Flores-Martínez, Adolfo Aguilar-Cruz et al.
    Pages 417-430
  14. Sze Ying Leong, Tingting Liu, Indrawati Oey, David J. Burritt
    Pages 431-469
  15. Manuel A. Matamoros, David A. Dalton, Manuel Becana
    Pages 471-490
  16. Matthew Chisnall, Richard Macknight
    Pages 491-501
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 503-511

About this book


Ascorbic acid (AsA), vitamin C, is one of the most abundant water-soluble antioxidant in plants and animals. In plants AsA serves as a major redox buffer and regulates various physiological processes controlling growth, development, and stress tolerance. Recent studies on AsA homeostasis have broadened our understanding of these physiological events. At the mechanistic level, AsA has been shown to participate in numerous metabolic and cell signaling processes, and the dynamic relationship between AsA and reactive oxygen species (ROS) has been well documented. Being a major component of the ascorbate-glutathione (AsA-GSH) cycle, AsA helps to modulate oxidative stress in plants by controlling ROS detoxification alone and in co-operation with glutathione. In contrast to the single pathway responsible for AsA biosynthesis in animals, plants utilize multiple pathways to synthesize AsA, perhaps reflecting the importance of this molecule to plant health. Any fluctuations, increases or decreases, in cellular AsA levels can have profound effects on plant growth and development, as AsA is associated with the regulation of the cell cycle, redox signaling, enzyme function and defense gene expression. Although there has been significant progress made investigating the multiple roles AsA plays in stress tolerance, many aspects of AsA-mediated physiological responses require additional research if AsA metabolism is to be manipulated to enhance stress-tolerance. This book summarizes the roles of AsA that are directly or indirectly involved in the metabolic processes and physiological functions of plants. Key topics include AsA biosynthesis and metabolism, compartmentation and transport, AsA-mediated ROS detoxification, as well as AsA signaling functions in plant growth, development and responses to environmental stresses. The main objective of this volume is therefore to supply comprehensive and up-to-date information for students, scholars and scientists interested in or currently engaged in AsA research.


redox regulation stress signaling tolerance mechanisms biofortification vitamin C

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Anwar Hossain
    • 1
  • Sergi Munné-Bosch
    • 2
  • David J.  Burritt
    • 3
  • Pedro Diaz-Vivancos
    • 4
  • Masayuki Fujita
    • 5
  • Argelia Lorence
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Plant BreedingBangladesh Agricultural UniversityMymensinghBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental SciencesUniversity of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Department of BotanyUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand
  4. 4.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of MurciaEspinardoSpain
  5. 5.Department of Applied Biological ScienceKagawa UniversityKagawaJapan
  6. 6.Arkansas Biosciences InstituteArkansas State UniversityJonesboroUSA

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