Plant Aging

Basic and Applied Approaches

  • Roberto Rodríguez
  • R. Sánchez Tamés
  • D. J. Durzan

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 186)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xi
  2. Aging, Maturation and Rejuvenation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Victorio S. Trippi
      Pages 11-17
    3. C. Díaz-Sala, M. Rey, R. Rodríguez
      Pages 27-36
    4. A. Ballester, M. C. Sánchez, M. C. San-José, F. J. Vieitez, A. M. Vieitez
      Pages 43-49
    5. Andreas Meier-Dinkel, Jochen Kleinschmit
      Pages 51-63
  3. Vegetative Propagation: Advantages and Limitations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Trevor A. Thorpe, Indra S. Harry
      Pages 67-74
    3. R. Sánchez Tamés, B. Fernandez Muñiz, J. P. Majada
      Pages 81-87
    4. M. E. Ostry, D. D. Skilling, O. Y. Lee-Stadelmann, W. P. Hackett
      Pages 113-116
    5. P.-L. Pasqualetto
      Pages 133-137
  4. Ultrastructural, Genetic and Biochemical Characteristics of Aging and Senescence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Keith Hutchison, Michael Greenwood, Christopher Sherman, Joanne Rebbeck, Patricia Singer
      Pages 141-145
    3. W. P. Hackett, J. R. Murray, H.-H. Woo, R. E. Stapfer, R. Geneve
      Pages 147-152
    4. K. A. Roubelakis-Angelakis, P. A. Theodoropoulos
      Pages 153-159
    5. Manfred Huehn, Jochen Kleinschmit
      Pages 169-181
    6. Kiêm Tran Thanh Van, Michel Zivy, Alain Cousson, Hervé Thiellement
      Pages 207-213
    7. Bartolomé Sabater, Antonio Vera, Rafael Tomás, Mercedes Martin
      Pages 225-229
    8. Victorio S. Trippi
      Pages 231-237
  5. Modulation of Aging and Maturation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 247-247
    2. Bartolomé Sabater, Mercedes Martín, Francisco J. Sánchez, Antonio Vera
      Pages 257-262
    3. P. C. G. van der Linde, A. M. Mennes
      Pages 263-267
    4. A. F. Tiburcio, X. Figueras, I. Claparols, M. Santos, J. Ma. Torné
      Pages 277-284
    5. P. C. G. van der Linde
      Pages 285-292
  6. Genetic Manipulation

  7. Selected Posters

About this book


For many, the terms aging, maturation and senescence are synonymous and used interchangeably, but they should not be. Whereas senescence represents an endogenously controlled degenerative programme leading to plant or organ death, genetiC aging encompasses a wide array of passive degenerative genetiC processes driven primarily by exogenous factors (Leopold, 1975). Aging is therefore considered a consequence of genetiC lesions that accumulate over time, but by themselves do not necessarily cause death. These lesions are probably made more severe by the increase in size and complexity in trees and their attendant physiology. Thus while the withering of flower petals following pollination can be considered senescence, the loss of viability of stored seeds more clearly represents aging (Norden, 1988). The very recent book "Senescence and Aging in Plants" does not discuss trees, the most dominant group of plants on the earth. Yet both angiospermic and gymnospermic trees also undergo the above phenomena but less is known about them. Do woody plants senesce or do they just age? What is phase change? Is this synonymous with maturation? While it is now becoming recognized that there is no programmed senescence in trees, senescence of their parts, even in gymnosperms (e. g. , needles of temperate conifers las t an average of 3. 5 years), is common; but aging is a readily acknowledged phenomenon. In theory, at least, in the absence of any programmed senescence trees should -live forever, but in practice they do not.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roberto Rodríguez
    • 1
  • R. Sánchez Tamés
    • 1
  • D. J. Durzan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OviedoOviedoSpain
  2. 2.University of California, DavisDavisUSA

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