Mitochondria are critical organelles in the metabolic regulation of all eukaryotic organisms. Knowledge of their biochemistry and molecular biology in plants has been fuelled over recent years by the rapid progress made in genome sequencing and the ability to manipulate gene expression.
As the site of oxidative energy metabolism mitochondria synthesise the majority of respiratory ATP in plants, animals and fungi. They are involved in the production of many novel compounds, such as phospholipids, nucleotides and several amino acids. Essential to eukaryotic life, even organisms with the capability to respire anaerobically can only survive when mitochondria are present to manufacture these unique chemicals.
'Plant Mitochondria contains chapters written by many of the world's leading researchers in this area, bringing together and reviewing for the first time many recent advances... David Logan, well known and respected internationally for his work in this area, has brought together a truly valuable volume of great use and interest to plant scientists, cell and molecular biologists, and biochemists. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this important book on their shelves.' Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment, vol 11, 2007
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