Progress in Botany

  • Ulrich Lüttge
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
  • Jin Murata

Part of the Progress in Botany book series (BOTANY, volume 69)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Review

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
  3. Genetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 36-36
    2. Elisabeth Esch, Renate Horn
      Pages 37-60
    3. Christina Roenn Ingvardsen, Britt Schejbel, Thomas Lübberstedt
      Pages 61-87
  4. Physiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 140-140
    2. Margarete Baier, Andrea Kandlbinder, Karl-Josef Dietz, Dortje Golldack
      Pages 201-230
    3. Cai-Hong Pang, Bao-Shan Wang
      Pages 231-245
    4. Markus Albert, Xana M. Belastegui-Macadam, Marc Bleischwitz, Ralf Kaldenhoff
      Pages 267-277
  5. Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 280-280
    2. Ronald J. Ryel, Carolyn Y. Ivans, Michael S. Peek, A. Joshua Leffler
      Pages 397-422
    3. Rainer Wirth, Sebastian T. Meyer, Inara R. Leal, Marcelo Tabarelli
      Pages 423-448
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 473-479

About this book


With regard to global climate changes, one of our future challenges will be to develop crop plants that cope better with changing environmental conditions. Abiotic stress is estimated to be the primary cause of crop loss worldwide, with the potential to cause a reduction of more than 50% in the average yield of the main crops. Climatic extremes are known to trigger senescence processes. Many different agriculturally important traits are affected by senescence, like number and quality of seeds, timing of seed set, fruit ripening, etc. . Despite the importance of the sen- cence processes, our knowledge on the regulatory mechanisms of senescence is still poor. However, senescence is not a chaotic breakdown, but an orderly loss of normal cell functions. In contrast to aging processes which have a passive and non-regulated degenerative character (for a review, see Krupinska et al. 2003), senescence is an active and highly regulated process. Senescence can be initiated by exogenous and endogenous triggers. The most important endogenous factors inducing senescence are the age of the leaves and the age and developmental stage of the plant. The leaves of annual plants show a continuous decrease in their photosynthesis rate after full expansion (Batt and Woolhause 1975; Hensel et al. 1993). In fast-aging plants like Arabidopsis, photosynthetic capacity of the leaves decreases by 50% within 4–6 days of full leaf expansion under continuous light conditions (Hensel et al. 1993).


Ecology Plant physiology Protein environment eukaryote physiology recombination systematics vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Ulrich Lüttge
    • 1
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
    • 2
  • Jin Murata
    • 3
  1. 1.TU DarmstadtInstitut für Botanik FB Biologie (10)DarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Fakultät für Biologie Lehrstuhl für Experimentelle Ökologie und ÖkosystembiologieUniversität BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  3. 3.Botanical Gardens Graduate School of ScienceUniversity of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan

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