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Root Physiology: from Gene to Function

  • A comprehensive account of recent major developments in root ecophysiology

Part of the book series: Plant Ecophysiology (KLEC, volume 4)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Root nitrogen acquisition and assimilation

    • A.J. Miller, M.D. Cramer
    Pages 1-36
  3. Phosphate acquisition

    • K. G. Raghothama, A. S. Karthikeyan
    Pages 37-49
  4. Root-based N2-fixing symbioses: Legumes, actinorhizal plants, Parasponia sp. and cycads

    • J. Kevin Vessey, Katharina Pawlowski, Birgitta Bergman
    Pages 51-78
  5. Mycorrhizas: Gene to function

    • James H. Graham, R. Michael Miller
    Pages 79-100
  6. Cluster roots: A curiosity in context

    • Michael W. Shane, Hans Lambers
    Pages 101-125
  7. The roots of carnivorous plants

    • Wolfram Adlassnig, Marianne Peroutka, Hans Lambers, Irene K. Lichtscheidl
    Pages 127-140
  8. Roles of aquaporins in root responses to irrigation

    • Rebecca Vandeleur, Christa Niemietz, Joanne Tilbrook, Stephen D. Tyerman
    Pages 141-161
  9. The physiology, genetics and molecular biology of plant aluminum resistance and toxicity

    • Leon V. Kochian, Miguel A. Piñeros, Owen A. Hoekenga
    Pages 175-195
  10. Acclimation to soil flooding — sensing and signal-transduction

    • Eric J.W. Visser, Laurentius A.C.J. Voesenek
    Pages 197-214
  11. Root defense responses to fungal pathogens: A molecular perspective

    • Patricia A. Okubara, Timothy C. Paulitz
    Pages 215-226
  12. Facilitative root interactions in intercrops

    • H. Hauggaard-Nielsen, E.S. Jensen
    Pages 237-250

About this book

In the last decade, enormous progress has been made on the physiology of plant roots, including on a wide range of molecular aspects. Much of that progress has been captured in the chapters of this book. Breakthroughs have been made possible through integration of molecular and whole-plant aspects. The classical boundaries between physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology have vanished. There has been a strong focus on a limited number of model species, including Arabidopsis thaliana. That focus has allowed greater insight into the significance of specific genes for plant development and functioning. However, many species are very different from A. thaliana, in that they are mycorrhizal, develop a symbiosis with N2-fixing microsymbionts, or have other specialised root structures. Also, some have a much greater capacity to resist extreme environments, such as soil acidity, salinity, flooding or heavy-metal toxicities, due to specific adaptations. Research on species other than A. thaliana is therefore pivotal, to develop new knowledge in plant sciences in a comprehensive manner. This fundamental new knowledge can be the basis for important applications in, e.g., agriculture and plant conservation. Although significant progress has been made, much remains to be learnt. It is envisaged that discoveries made in the recent past will likely lead to major breakthroughs in the next decade.

Reprinted from Plant and Soil, 274:1-2 (2005).

Keywords

  • Liana
  • arabidopsis thaliana
  • biochemistry
  • environment
  • molecular aspects
  • physiology
  • plant development
  • plant roots
  • root structure
  • roots
  • soil

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