Sensory Biology of Plants

  • Sudhir Sopory

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. Sudhir Sopory, Charanpreet Kaur
    Pages 1-18
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Eros Kharshiing, Yellamaraju Sreelakshmi, Rameshwar Sharma
      Pages 21-57
    3. Dinesh Kumar Jaiswal, Nandula Raghuram
      Pages 59-77
    4. Hillel Fromm, Yosef Fichman
      Pages 79-94
    5. Shih-Heng Su, Patrick H. Masson
      Pages 95-136
    6. Ratnesh Chandra Mishra, Hanhong Bae
      Pages 137-162
    7. Charanpreet Kaur, Ashwani Pareek, Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek
      Pages 163-186
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Ramsong Chantre Nongpiur, Priyanka Gupta, Ashutosh Sharan, Deepti Singh, Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek, Ashwani Pareek
      Pages 247-278
    3. Sibaji Kumar Sanyal, Swati Mahiwal, Girdhar Kumar Pandey
      Pages 279-309
    4. Jasmeet Kaur Abat, Renu Deswal
      Pages 311-322
    5. Muhammed Jamsheer K, Sunita Jindal, Mohan Sharma, Manvi Sharma, Dhriti Singh, Archna Tiwari et al.
      Pages 323-360
    6. Mrinalini Manna, V. Mohan M. Achary, Malireddy K. Reddy
      Pages 361-388
    7. Lauren Alexandra Elizabeth Erland, Praveen K. Saxena
      Pages 411-449
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Jeannette Pfalz, Ralf Oelmüller
      Pages 477-507
    3. Srayan Ghosh, Kamal Kumar Malukani, Ravindra Kumar Chandan, Ramesh V. Sonti, Gopaljee Jha
      Pages 537-568
    4. Priya Gambhir, Diksha Bhola, Shweta Sharma, Yashwanti Mudgil, Arun Kumar Sharma
      Pages 569-598
  6. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 599-599
    2. Shiv Shanker Pandey, Rohit Bhatt, Budhi Sagar Tiwari
      Pages 601-619
    3. Sudhir Sopory, Tanushri Kaul
      Pages 621-642

About this book


Plants provide a source of survival for all life on this planet. They are able to capture solar energy and convert it into food, feed, wood and medicines. Though sessile in nature, over many millions of years, plants have diversified and evolved from lower to higher life forms, spreading from sea level to mountains, and adapting to different ecozones. They have learnt to cope with challenging environmental conditions and various abiotic and biotic factors.

Plants have also developed systems for monitoring the changing environment and efficiently utilizing resources for growth, flowering and reproduction, as well as mechanisms to counter the impact of pests and diseases and to communicate with other biological systems, like microbes and insects.

This book discusses the “awareness” of plants and their ability to gather information through the perception of environmental cues, such as light, gravity, water, nutrients, touch and sound, and stresses. It also explores plants’ biochemical and molecular “computing” of the information to adjust their physiology and development to the advantage of the species. Further, it examines how plants communicate between their different organs and with other organisms, as well as the concepts of plant cognition, experience and memory, from both scientific and philosophical perspectives. Lastly, it addresses the phenomenon of death in plants.

The epilogue presents an artist’s view of the beauty of the natural world, especially plant “architecture”.

The book provides historical perspectives, comparisons with animal systems where needed, and general biochemical and molecular concepts and themes. Each chapter is selfcontained, but also includes cross talk with other chapters to offer an integrated view of plant life and allow readers to appreciate and admire the functioning of plant life from within and without.

The book is a tribute by the Editor to his students, colleagues and co-workers and to those in whose labs he has worked.


Signal transduction Gene expression Plant communication Plant perception Evolution , adaptation and cognition

Editors and affiliations

  • Sudhir Sopory
    • 1
  1. 1.International Centre for Genetic Engineering and BiotechnologyNew DelhiIndia

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