Plant Microtubules

Development and Flexibility

  • Editors
  • Peter Nick

Part of the Plant Cell Monographs book series (CELLMONO, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Microtubules and Morphogenesis

  3. Microtubules and Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-82
    2. Issei Kobayashi, Yuhko Kobayashi
      Pages 121-140
    3. Manfred Heinlein
      Pages 141-173
  4. Microtubules and Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-206
    2. Anne-Catherine Schmit, Peter Nick
      Pages 233-266
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 267-269

About this book


Plant microtubules are key elements of cell growth, division and morphogenesis. In addition to their role in plant development and architecture, they have emerged as regulatory elements of signalling and important targets of evolution.

Since the publication of the first edition of Plant Microtubules in 2000, our understanding of microtubules and their manifold functions have advanced substantially. Consisting of the following three parts, this book highlights the morphogenetic potential of plant microtubules from three general viewpoints:

  • Microtubules and Morphogenesis: control of cell axis during division and expansion, cross-talk with actin filaments, mechanical properties of the cell wall.

  • Microtubules and Environment: the role of microtubules during the sensing or response of environmental factors such as pathogens or abiotic stresses.
  • Microtubules and Evolution: complexity and specialization of plant microtubules in the context of plant evolution.

For those working in academia and applied science, the state of the art of a fascinating field of cell biology is given; for graduate and advanced students the most recent advances are positioned into a clear conceptual context.


From the reviews of the first edition

"The overall impression on this book is a very good sum of knowledge gathered around plant microtubules. ... The readability is very good and the overall scientific level at which the co-ordinated Authors have written their contribution is good to excellent." (Annals of Forest Sciences)

"... a compact book, easy to handle with an excellent subject index. Illustrations and schematic models are highly instructive. ... It is highly recommendable." (Plant Science)


Cytoskelett Entwicklung, Pflanzen Evolution Evolutionäre Zellbiologie Mikrotubuli Pathogen Regulation Zellbiologie, Pflanzen cell growth cytoskeleton evolutionary cell biology microtubules morphogenesis plant cell biology plant development

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