© 1981

Plant Carbohydrates II

Extracellular Carbohydrates

  • Widmar Tanner
  • Frank A. Loewus

Part of the Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (PLANT, volume 13 / B)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXII
  2. Cell Walls of Higher Plants

  3. Cell Walls of Algae and Fungi

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. E. Percival, R. H. McDowell
      Pages 277-316
    3. D. G. Robinson
      Pages 317-332
    4. U. G. Schlösser
      Pages 333-351
    5. J. G. H. Wessels, J. H. Sietsma
      Pages 352-394
    6. G. H. Fleet, H. J. Phaff
      Pages 416-440

About this book


In 1958, a single volume in the original series of this Encyclopedia adequately summarized the state of knowledge about plant carbohydrates. Expansion into two volumes in the New Series highlights the explosive increase in information and the heightened interest that attended this class of compounds in the interven­ ing years. Even now the search has just begun. Much remains to be accom­ plished; e.g., a full description of the plant cell wall in chemical terms. Why this growing fascination with plant carbohydrates? Clearly, much credit goes to those who pioneered the complex chemistry of polyhydroxylated compounds and to those who later sorted out the biochemical features of these molecules. But there is a second aspect, the role of carbohydrates in such biological func­ tions as host-parasite and pollen-pistil interactions, the mating reaction in fungi, symbiosis, and secretion to name a few. Here is ample reason for anyone concerned with the plant sciences to turn aside for a moment and consider how carbohydrates, so many years neglected in favor of the study of proteins and nucleic acids, contribute to the physiological processes of growth and devel­ opment in plants.


Polle cell chemistry fungi growth nucleic acid plant plant science plants protein proteins symbiosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Widmar Tanner
    • 1
  • Frank A. Loewus
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für BotanikUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Biological ChemistryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Plant Carbohydrates II
  • Book Subtitle Extracellular Carbohydrates
  • Editors W. Tanner
    F.A. Loewus
  • Series Title Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-11007-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-68236-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-68234-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 772
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Biochemistry, general
    Plant Sciences
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