Common Links of Molecular Biology with Biochemistry and Physiology in Plants Under Ozone and Pathogen Attack

  • D. ErnstEmail author
  • M. Jürgensen
  • G. Bahnweg
  • W. Heller
  • G. Müller-Starck
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 220)


This chapter focuses on the transcriptional events of stress responses upon ozone and pathogen attack. The ozone effects of herbaceous and woody plants are compared at the promoter, transcript, protein and metabolite levels. The transcription factors involved in plant abiotic and/or biotic stress responses are shown. These different approaches will be discussed at the physiological level. In addition to microarray analyses, an integration of ozone effects on the shikimate pathway and ethylene biosynthesis is given. The transcriptional differences between the sun and shade leaves of European beech, the ontogenetic effects comparing juvenile and mature trees, and gene expression studies covering two vegetation periods are discussed.


Suppression Subtractive Hybridisation Ethylene Biosynthesis European Beech Ozone Exposure Ozone Treatment 
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We are grateful to our co-workers for their important contribution during the past years. We thank Ana Staninska and Gerhard Welzl for their help with statistical methods. Special thanks go to Pierre Dizengremel (Nancy-Université) and Elina Oksanen (University of Eastern Finland) for critically reading the manuscript and helpful comments. This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SFB 607) and, in part, by the European Community (Evoltree, 6th Framework Programme; COST Action E52).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Ernst
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Jürgensen
    • 1
  • G. Bahnweg
    • 1
  • W. Heller
    • 1
  • G. Müller-Starck
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biochemical Plant PathologyHelmholtz Zentrum München-, German Research Center for Environmental HealthNeuherbergGermany
  2. 2.Section of Forest GeneticsTechnische Universität MünchenFreisingGermany

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