© 2012

Biocommunication of Plants

  • Günther Witzany
  • František Baluška

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Witzany Guenther
    Pages 1-9
  3. Miyo Terao Moirta, Moritaka Nakamura, Masao Tasaka
    Pages 51-66
  4. E. Wassim Chehab, Janet Braam
    Pages 67-88
  5. Sylvie Dinant, Paula Suárez-López
    Pages 89-121
  6. Balaji Enugutti, Kay Schneitz
    Pages 123-137
  7. Krzysztof Wieczorek, Georg J. Seifert
    Pages 139-155
  8. Angela Hodge
    Pages 157-169
  9. Yadira Olvera-Carrillo, Yuliya Salanenka, Moritz K. Nowack
    Pages 171-196
  10. Juan M. Alba, Silke Allmann, Joris J. Glas, Bernardus C. J. Schimmel, Eleni A. Spyropoulou, Marije Stoops et al.
    Pages 197-212
  11. David Mc. K. Bird, Peter M. DiGennaro
    Pages 213-230
  12. Ulrich Melcher
    Pages 231-254
  13. Jurgen Engelberth
    Pages 303-326
  14. Katrin Wenke, Teresa Weise, Rene Warnke, Claudio Valverde, Dierk Wanke, Marco Kai et al.
    Pages 327-347
  15. Adam Schikora, Ana Victoria Garcia, Amélie Charrier, Heribert Hirt
    Pages 349-360
  16. Akifumi Sugiyama, Daniel K. Manter, Jorge M. Vivanco
    Pages 361-375

About this book


Plants are sessile, highly sensitive organisms that actively compete for environmental resources both above and below the ground. They assess their surroundings, estimate how much energy they need for particular goals, and then realise the optimum variant. They take measures to control certain environmental resources. They perceive themselves and can distinguish between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’. They process and evaluate information and then modify their behaviour accordingly. These highly diverse competences are made possible by parallel sign(alling)-mediated communication processes within the plant body (intraorganismic), between the same, related and different species (interorganismic), and between plants and non-plant organisms (transorganismic). Intraorganismic communication involves sign-mediated interactions within cells (intracellular) and between cells (intercellular). This is crucial in coordinating growth and development, shape and dynamics. Such communication must function both on the local level and between widely separated plant parts. This allows plants to coordinate appropriate response behaviours in a differentiated manner, depending on their current developmental status and physiological influences. Lastly, this volume documents how plant ecosphere inhabitants communicate with each other to coordinate their behavioural patterns, as well as the role of viruses in these highly dynamic interactional networks.


communication, interorganismic communication, intraorganismic plants signaling, plants

Editors and affiliations

  • Günther Witzany
    • 1
  • František Baluška
    • 2
  1. 1.Telos - Philosophische PraxisBürmoosAustria
  2. 2.Inst. Zelluläre und Molekulare, Botanik (IZMB)Universität BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biocommunication of Plants
  • Editors Günther Witzany
    František Baluška
  • Series Title Signaling and Communication in Plants
  • Series Abbreviated Title Signaling,Communication in Plants
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-23523-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-44895-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-23524-5
  • Series ISSN 1867-9048
  • Series E-ISSN 1867-9056
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 386
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Ecology
    Plant Sciences
    Plant Biochemistry
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