Plant Respiration

From Cell to Ecosystem

  • Hans Lambers
  • Miquel Ribas-Carbo

Part of the Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series (AIPH, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Hans Lambers, Sharon A. Robinson, Miquel Ribas-Carbo
    Pages 1-15
  3. Lee D. Hansen, Richard S. Criddle, Bruce N. Smith
    Pages 17-30
  4. Miquel Ribas-Carbo, Sharon A. Robinson, Larry Giles
    Pages 31-42
  5. Vaughan Hurry, Abir U. Igamberdiev, Olav Keerberg, Tiit Pärnik, Owen K. Atkin, Joana Zaragoza-Castells et al.
    Pages 43-61
  6. Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmes, Miquel Ribas-Carbo, Hipólito Medrano
    Pages 85-94
  7. Rakesh Minocha, Subhash C. Minocha
    Pages 159-176
  8. Frank R. Minchin, John F Witty
    Pages 195-205
  9. David R. Bryla, David M. Eissenstat
    Pages 207-224
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 241-252

About this book


Respiration in plants, as in all living organisms, is essential to provide metabolic energy and carbon skeletons for growth and maintenance. As such, respiration is an essential component of a plant’s carbon budget. Depending on species and environmental conditions, it consumes 25-75% of all the carbohydrates produced in photosynthesis – even more at extremely slow growth rates. Respiration in plants can also proceed in a manner that produces neither metabolic energy nor carbon skeletons, but heat. This type of respiration involves the cyanide-resistant, alternative oxidase; it is unique to plants, and resides in the mitochondria. The activity of this alternative pathway can be measured based on a difference in fractionation of oxygen isotopes between the cytochrome and the alternative oxidase. Heat production is important in some flowers to attract pollinators; however, the alternative oxidase also plays a major role in leaves and roots of most plants. A common thread throughout this volume is to link respiration, including alternative oxidase activity, to plant functioning in different environments.


Photorespiration ecosystem nitrogen photosynthesis regulation roots temperature transport water stress

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans Lambers
    • 1
  • Miquel Ribas-Carbo
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia
  2. 2.Universitat de les Illes BalearsPalma de MallorcaSpain

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