Photomorphogenesis in Plants

  • R. E. Kendrick
  • G. H. M. Kronenberg

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lars Olof Björn
      Pages 3-14
  3. Quantification of light

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Lars Olof Björn, Thomas C. Vogelmann
      Pages 17-25
  4. Instrumentation in photomorphogenesis research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Masaki Furuya, Yasunori Inoue
      Pages 29-47
  5. Phytochrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Wolfhart Rüdiger, Fritz Thümmler
      Pages 51-69
    3. Peter H. Quail
      Pages 71-104
    4. Masaki Furuya, Pill-Soon Song
      Pages 105-140
    5. Richard D. Vierstra
      Pages 141-162
    6. Stanley J. Roux
      Pages 187-209
    7. Alberto L. Mancinelli
      Pages 211-269
    8. Joel R. Cherry, Richard D. Vierstra
      Pages 271-297
  6. Blue-light and UV receptors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Horst Senger, Werner Schmidt
      Pages 301-325
  7. Coaction between pigment systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 351-351
    2. Hans Mohr
      Pages 353-373
  8. The light environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Manfred Kraml
      Pages 417-445
    3. Daphne Vince-Prue
      Pages 447-490
    4. Thomas C. Vogelmann
      Pages 491-535
    5. Lars Olof Björn
      Pages 537-555
  9. A molecular and genetic approach to photomorphogenesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 557-557
    2. Alfred Batschauer, Philip M. Gilmartin, Ferenc Nagy, Eberhard Schäfer
      Pages 559-599
    3. Maarten Koornneef, Richard E. Kendrick
      Pages 601-628
  10. Selected topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 629-629
    2. Daniel J. Cosgrove
      Pages 631-658
    3. Richard D. Firn
      Pages 659-681
    4. Eduardo Zeiger
      Pages 683-706
    5. Wolfgang Haupt, Donat-P. Häder
      Pages 707-732
    6. Christopher J. Beggs, Eckard Wellmann
      Pages 733-751
    7. Gérard Manachère
      Pages 753-782
    8. Masamitsu Wada, Michizo Sugai
      Pages 783-802
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 803-828

About this book


It is perhaps not surprising that plants have evolved a mechanism to sense the light environment about them and to modify growth for optimal use of the available `life-giving' light. Green plants, and ultimately all forms of life, depend on the energy of sunlight fixed during photosynthesis. Unlike animals that use behaviour to find food, sedentary plants use physiology to optimize their growth and development for light absorption. By appreciating the quality, quantity, direction and duration of light, plants can control such complex processes as germination, growth and flowering. To perceive the light environment several receptor pigments have evolved, including the red/far-red reversible phytochrome and the blue/UV-absorbing photoreceptors (Part 1). The quantification of light (Part 2) and importance of instrumentation for photomorphogenesis research are introduced in Part 3. Isolation and characterization of phytochrome is a classic example of how photobiological techniques can predict the nature of an unknown photoreceptor. Current knowledge of the phytochrome photoreceptor family is given in Part 4 and that of blue/UV receptors in Part 5. Part 6 deals with the coaction of photoreceptors. The light environment and its perception is addressed in Part 7. Molecular and genetic approaches and the photoregulation of gene expression compose Part 8. Part 9 contains further selected topics: photomodulation of growth phototropism, photobiology of stomatal movements, photomovement, photocontrol of flavonoid biosynthesis, photobiology of fungi and photobiology of ferns.
The 28 chapters written by leading experts from Europe, Israel, Japan and the USA, provide an advanced treatise on the exciting and rapidly developing field of plant photomorphogenesis.


Expression Phytochrome biology development fungi gene expression growth molecular biology photobiology photomovement photosynthesis physiology plant plants transgenic plants

Editors and affiliations

  • R. E. Kendrick
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. H. M. Kronenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant PhysiologyWageningen Agricultural UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory for Photoperception and Signal Transduction, Frontier Research ProgramInstitute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)Wako City, SaitamaJapan

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