Laser-Based Methods for Detection of Nitric Oxide in Plants

Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1424)


Nitric oxide (NO) plays an important role in plant signaling and in response to various stress conditions. Therefore, real-time measurements of NO production provide better insights into understanding plant processes and can help developing strategies to improve food production and postharvest quality. Using laser-based spectroscopic methods, sensitive, online, in planta measurements of plant-pathogen interactions are possible. This chapter introduces the basic principle of the optical detectors using different laser sources for accurate monitoring of fast dynamic changes of NO production. Several applications are also presented to demonstrate the suitability of these detectors for detection of NO in plants.

Key words

Laser Optical detection Nitric oxide Plant-pathogen interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Laser PhysicsRadboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural SciencesAberystwyth UniversityWalesUK

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