Communication in Plants

Neuronal Aspects of Plant Life

  • František Baluška
  • Stefano Mancuso
  • Dieter Volkmann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIX
  2. Anthony Trewavas
    Pages 1-18
  3. František Baluška, Dieter Volkmann, Andrej Hlavacka, Stefano Mancuso, Peter W. Barlow
    Pages 19-35
  4. S. G. Thomas, S. Huang, C. J. Staiger, V. E. Franklin-Tong
    Pages 75-93
  5. Thorsten Nürnberger, Birgit Kemmerling
    Pages 95-109
  6. Matteo De Stefano, Alberto Ferrarini, Massimo Delledonne
    Pages 111-121
  7. María Luciana Lanteri, Magdalena Graziano, Natalia Correa-Aragunde, Lorenzo Lamattina
    Pages 123-136
  8. Aaron Fait, Ayelet Yellin, Hillel Fromm
    Pages 171-185
  9. Matthew Gilliham, Malcolm Campbell, Christian Dubos, Dirk Becker, Romola Davenport
    Pages 187-204
  10. Stanley J. Roux, Charlotte Song, Collene Jeter
    Pages 221-234
  11. Elizabeth McCormack, Luis Velasquez, Nikkí A. Delk, Janet Braam
    Pages 249-260
  12. Sergey Shabala
    Pages 261-275
  13. Kazimierz Trebacz, Halina Dziubinska, Elzbieta Krol
    Pages 277-290
  14. Rainer Stahlberg, Robert E. Cleland, Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh
    Pages 291-308
  15. Stefano Mancuso, Sergio Mugnai
    Pages 333-349
  16. Alexander G. Volkov
    Pages 351-367
  17. Edgar Wagner, Lars Lehner, Johannes Normann, Justyna Veit, Jolana Albrechtová
    Pages 369-389
  18. Jeremy D. Rhodes, John F. Thain, David C. Wildon
    Pages 391-401
  19. Laura G. Perry, Tiffany L. Weir, Balakrishnan Prithiviraj, Mark W. Paschke, Jorge M. Vivanco
    Pages 403-420
  20. Velemir Ninkovic, Robert Glinwood, Jan Pettersson
    Pages 421-434
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 435-438

About this book


Plant neurobiology is a newly emerging field of plant sciences. It covers signalling and communication at all levels of biological organization – from molecules up to ecological communities. In this book, plants are presented as intelligent and social organisms with complex forms of communication and information processing.

Authors from diverse backgrounds such as molecular and cellular biology, electrophysiology, as well as ecology treat the most important aspects of plant communication, including the plant immune system, abilities of plants to recognize self, signal transduction, receptors, plant neurotransmitters and plant neurophysiology. Further, plants are able to recognize the identity of herbivores and organize the defence responses accordingly. The similarities in animal and plant neuronal/immune systems are discussed too. All these hidden aspects of plant life and behaviour will stimulate further intense investigations in order to understand the communicative plants in their whole complexity.


Expression Pathogen biology gene expression immune system immunity neurobiology neurotransmitter perception physiology plant plants receptor regulation signal transduction

Editors and affiliations

  • František Baluška
    • 1
  • Stefano Mancuso
    • 2
  • Dieter Volkmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Cellular and Molecular BotanyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Department of Horticulture Electrophysiology LaboratoryUniversity of FlorenceSesto FiorentinoItaly

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