MicroRNAs in Plant Development and Stress Responses

  • Ramanjulu Sunkar

Part of the Signaling and Communication in Plants book series (SIGCOMM, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Zhixin Xie, Gengxiang Jia, Arnab Ghosh
    Pages 1-28
  3. Carla Schommer, Edgardo G. Bresso, Silvana V. Spinelli, Javier F. Palatnik
    Pages 29-47
  4. Ruth C. Martin, Cristina Martínez-Andújar, Hiro Nonogaki
    Pages 109-121
  5. Robert S. Allen, Anthony A. Millar
    Pages 123-148
  6. Qian-Hao Zhu, Julien Curaba, Júlio César de Lima, Chris Helliwell
    Pages 149-176
  7. Ajay Saini, Yongfang Li, Guru Jagadeeswaran, Ramanjulu Sunkar
    Pages 219-232
  8. Ritu Pandey, Ankur R. Bhardwaj, Surekha Katiyar-Agarwal
    Pages 233-259
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-296

About this book


Precise regulation of gene expression in both time and space is vital to plant growth, development and adaptation to biotic and abiotic stress conditions. This is achieved by multiple mechanisms, with perhaps the most important control being exerted at the level of transcription. However, with the recent discovery of microRNAs another ubiquitous mode of gene regulation that occurs at the post-transcriptional level has been identified. MicroRNAs can silence gene expression by targeting complementary or partially complementary mRNAs for degradation or translational inhibition. Recent studies have revealed that microRNAs play fundamental roles in plant growth and development, as well as in adaptation to biotic and abiotic stresses. This book highlights the roles of individual miRNAs that control and regulate diverse aspects of plant processes.


gene regulation miRNA post-transcription, plants stress, abiotic stress, biotic

Editors and affiliations

  • Ramanjulu Sunkar
    • 1
  1. 1., Dept. Biochemistry & Molecular BiolOklahoma State UniversityStillwaterUSA

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