Protection of Thylakoid Membranes from Freeze-Thaw Damage by Proteins

  • Dirk K. Hincha
  • Frank Sieg
  • Jürgen M. Schmitt

Abstract

The degree of frost hardiness differs vastly between different plant species, from around −1.5°C in tender plants such as tobacco (Hincha et al., 1996b) to the temperature of liquid nitrogen (−196°C) in some extremely hardy trees and shrubs. In addition, most plants from temperate climates follow an annual cycle of hardening and dehardening, with the maximum frost hardiness in the winter and the minimum during summer. In herbaceous plants, hardening/dehardening is triggered by growth temperature. Hardening occurs under low, non-freezing temperatures, usually in the range between 10 and 0°C (cold acclimation) over several days to weeks.

Keywords

Thylakoid Membrane Cold Acclimation Frost Hardiness Frost Hardening Unfrozen Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dirk K. Hincha
    • 1
  • Frank Sieg
    • 1
  • Jürgen M. Schmitt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Pflanzenphysiologie und MikrobiologieFreie UniversitätBerlinGermany

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