Light Sensing in Plants

  • Masamitsu Wada
  • Ken-ichiro Shimazaki
  • Moritoshi Iino

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Prologue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Masaki Furuya
      Pages 3-18
  3. Phytochrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Peter H. Quail
      Pages 21-35
    3. Masayoshi Nakasako, Satoru Tokutomi
      Pages 43-49
    4. Eberhard Schäfer, Ferenc Nagy
      Pages 79-85
    5. Shingo Takagi
      Pages 87-94
    6. Jon Hughes, Gerhard Brücker, Alexander Repp, Mathias Zeidler, Franz Mittmann
      Pages 103-110
    7. Makoto Takano, Xianzhi Xie, Noritoshi Inagaki, Tomoko Shinomura
      Pages 111-117
  4. Cryptochrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Anthony R. Cashmore
      Pages 121-130
    3. Jean-Pierre Bouly, Baldissera Giovani, Margaret Ahmad
      Pages 131-135
  5. Phototropin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Winslow R. Briggs
      Pages 139-146

About this book


Plants utilize light not only for photosynthesis but also as environmental signals. They are capable of perceiving wavelength, intensity, direction, duration, and other attributes of light to perform appropriate physiological and developmental changes. This volume presents overviews of and the latest findings in many of the interconnected aspects of plant photomorphogenesis, including photoreceptors (phytochromes, cryptochromes, and phototropins), signal transduction, photoperiodism, and circadian rhythms, in 42 chapters. Also included, is a prologue by Prof. Masaki Furuya that gives an overview of the historical background. With contributions from preeminent researchers in specific subjects from around the world, this book will be a valuable source for a range of scientists from undergraduate to professional levels.


Chloroplast Nucleotide Phytochrome Protein biology development evolution growth photosynthesis plant plant development plant growth plants plasma membrane regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Masamitsu Wada
    • 1
  • Ken-ichiro Shimazaki
    • 2
  • Moritoshi Iino
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Graduate School of ScienceTokyo Metropolitan UniversityHachioji, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biology, Faculty of ScienceKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  3. 3.Botanical Gardens, Graduate School of ScienceOsaka City UniversityKatano, OsakaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Yamada Science Foundation and Springer-Verlag Tokyo 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-24002-0
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-27092-8
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