Annual Plant Reviews Volume 26: Senescence Processes in Plants

Annual Plant Reviews Volume 26: Senescence Processes in Plants

Editor(s): Susheng Gan

Published Online: 12 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405139847

Online ISBN: 9780470988855

DOI: 10.1002/9780470988855

About this Book

The scientific and economic significance of plant senescence means that much effort has been made to understand the processes involved and to devise means of manipulating them agriculturally. During the past few years there has been considerable progress in this regard, especially in the molecular, genetic and genomic aspects. Senescence has a tremendous impact on agriculture. For example, leaf senescence limits crop yield and biomass production, and contributes substantially to postharvest loss in vegetable and ornamental crops during transportation, storage and on shelves. In addition, proteins, antioxidants and other nutritional compounds are degraded during senescence. Senescing tissues also become more susceptible to pathogen infection, and some of the pathogens may produce toxins, rendering food unsafe. Mitotic senescence may also determine sizes of leaves, fruits and whole plants.


This volume summarizes recent progresses in the physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, and biotechnology of plant senescence. Beginning with a chapter on senescence-related terminology and our current knowledge of mitotic senescence in plants (a less well-studied area), the book focuses on post-mitotic senescence, and includes chapters addressing the senescence of leaves, flowers and fruits. Later chapters examine the development of various new biotechnologies for manipulating the senescence processes of fruit and leaves, some of which are approaching commercialization. The book is directed at researchers and professionals in plant molecular genetics, physiology and biochemistry.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 3

      Membrane Dynamics and Regulation of Subcellular Changes During Senescence (pages 39–68)

      Marianne Hopkins, Linda McNamara, Catherine Taylor, Tzann-Wei Wang and John Thompson

    3. Chapter 8

      The Genetic Control of Senescence Revealed By Mapping Quantitative Trait Loci (pages 171–201)

      Helen Ougham, Ian Armstead, Catherine Howarth, Isaac Galyuon, Iain Donnison and Howard Thomas

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