Cellular Biology of Sulfur and Its Functions in Plants

  • Rüdiger HellEmail author
  • M. Sayyar Khan
  • Markus Wirtz
Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 17)


Sulfur is one of the most versatile elements in life. It functions in fundamental processes such as electron transport, structure, and regulation. In plants, additional roles have developed with respect to photosynthetic oxygen production, abiotic and biotic stress resistance and secondary metabolism. Sulfate uptake, reductive assimilation, and integration into cysteine and methionine are the central processes that direct oxidized and reduced forms of organically-bound sulfur into its various functions. These steps are distributed between several cellular compartments and tightly regulated by supply, demand, and environmental factors in a network with assimilation of carbon and nitrogen. Signaling cues such as sulfate availability and thiol-based redox homeostasis via glutathione and their integrating by sensing systems will be presented in this chapter and analyzed.


Sulfate Transporter Sulfate Uptake Sulfate Deficiency Sulfate Starvation Methionine Synthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Heidelberg Institute for Plant SciencesUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Plant Breeding and GeneticsNWFP Agricultural UniversityPeshawarPakistan

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