About this book
Regulatory light signals are detected by an array of specialised, information-transducing photoreceptors, including the phytochrome, cryptochrome and phototropin families of chromoproteins. In recent years the application of genetic, biochemical and molecular studies has led to the identification and characterisation not only of the photoreceptors and their genes, but also of many of the components that act downstream of photoreceptor activation. It is evident that the photoreceptors operate through interactions with one another and with other signalling systems, so forming complex response networks.
This volume provides the reader with state-of-the-art accounts of our current understanding of the major classes of higher plant regulatory photoreceptors and the signal transduction networks that comprise plant developmental photobiology. Consideration is also given to the ways in which our knowledge of plant photoreceptors and their signalling networks can be exploited to improve the quality and productivity of commercially-grown plants.
Part 1: Photoreceptors Chapter 1. Phytochromes Andreas Hiltbrunner, Ferenc Nagy and Eberhard Schafer Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Institute of Biology II/ Botany, Schanzlestr. 1, 79104 Freiburg, Germany, and Biological Research Centre, Institute of Plant Biology, P. O. Box 521, 6701 Szeged, Hungary Chapter 2. Cryptochromes Alfred Batschauer, Roopa Banerjee and Richard Pokorny Philipps-University, Biology-Plant Physiology; Karl-von-Frisch-Str. 8; 35032 Marburg; Germany Chapter 3. Phototropins and Other Lov-Containing Proteins John M. Christie Plant Science Group, Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK Part 2: Photoreceptor Signal Transduction Chapter 4. Phytochrome Interacting Factors Peter H. Quail UC Berkeley, Plant Gene Expression Center, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, California 94710, USA Chapter 5. Phosphorylation/De-phosphorylation in Photoreceptor Signalling Catherine Lillo(1), Trudie Allen(2) and Simon Geir Moller(1,2,3) (1) Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway (2) Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK (3) Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, Rockefeller University, New York, New York 10021-3699, USA. Chapter 6. The Role of Ubiquitin/Proteasome-Mediated Proteolysis in Photoreceptor Action Suhua Feng and Xing Wang Deng Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 06520-8104, USA Chapter 7. UV-B Perception and Signal Transduction Gareth I. Jenkins and Bobby A. Brown Plant Science Group, Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Institute of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Bower Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, UK Part 3: Physiological Responses Chapter 8. Photocontrol of Flowering Dr Paul Devlin School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, UK Chapter 9. Red: Far-red Ratio Perception and Shade Avoidance Keara A. Franklin and Garry C. Whitelam Department of Biology, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK Chapter 10. Photoreceptor Interactions with Other Signals Eve-Marie Josse and Karen J. Halliday School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Daniel Rutherford Building, The King's Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JR, UK Part 4: Applied Aspects of Photomorphogenesis Chapter 11. Photoreceptor Biotechnology Matthew Hudson Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA Chapter 12. Light Quality Manipulation by Horticulture Industry Professor Nihal C. Rajapakse and Dr Yosepha Shahak Department of Horticulture, Clemson University, 168 Poole Agricultural Center, Box 340319, Clemson, SC 29634-0319, USA, and Department of Fruit Tree Sciences, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O.Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel
Professor Garry C. Whitelam, Head of Department, School of Biological Sciences, University of Leicester, UK Dr Karen J. Halliday, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, UK