Plant Hormones pp 597-617 | Cite as

The Hormonal Regulation of Senescence

  • Susheng Gan


Senescence occurs ubiquitously in living organisms. At the cellular level, a cell’s life history consists of two processes: mitotic division and post-mitotic life pattern (6). A mother cell or germ-like cell can undergo a finite number of divisions to produce daughter cells. When the cell ceases dividing, this cell is said to undergo mitotic senescence. In literature concerning yeast and mammalian cells in culture, this type of senescence is often referred to as replicative senescence or replicative aging. Although the mitotically senescent cell can no longer divide, it may live for a certain period before its ultimate attrition/death; the functional degenerative process of the cell is called post-mitotic senescence. The degeneration of a neuron and the dying and peeling of a skin cell represent mitotic senescence in nature. Plants exhibit both mitotic and post-mitotic senescence.


Salicylic Acid Ethylene Production Leaf Senescence Transgenic Tobacco Plant Cytokinin Level 
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  1. 1.Department of HorticultureCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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