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As a pioneering work on plant electrophysiology, this exciting reference compiles new findings from the work of internationally renowned experts in the fields of electrophysiology, bio-electrochemistry, biophysics, signal transduction, phloem transport, tropisms, ion channels, plant electrochemistry, and membrane transport.
The book starts with a historical introduction to plant electrophysiology, followed by two distinct parts. The first one deals with methods in plant electrophysiology, including, amongst others, measuring membrane potentials and ion fluxes, path-clamp technique, and electrochemical sensors. The second part covers experimental results and their theoretical interpretation.
Methods of Plant Electrophysiology. Historical Introduction to Plant Electrophysiology. Electrochemical Methods and Measuring Trans-membrane Ion. Non-Invasive Microelectrode Ion Flux Measurements In Plant Stress Physiology. Electrochemical Sensor Applications to the Study of Molecular Physiology and Analyte Flux in Plants. The Use of Non-invasive Ion-selective Microelectrode Techniques for the Study of Plant Development. The Use of Double Barrel Micropipettes to Voltage-Clamp Plant and Fungal Cells. New Solid State Microsensors in Plant Physiology. Electrophysiological Characterization of Plant Cation Channels. Magnetic Measurements in Plant Electrophysiology. Plant Electrophysiology. Electrogenic Pumps. Effects of Electrical and Electromagnetic Fields on Plants and Related Topics. Long-distance Electrical Signaling and Physiological Functions in Higher Plants. Potassium Homeostasis in Salinized Plant Tissues. Electrophysiology in Mechano-sensing and Wounding Response. Electrochemical Potential around the Plant Root in Relation to Metabolism and Growth Acceleration. Electrophysiology of Turgor Regulation in Charophyte Cells. Electrical Signals in Plants: Facts and Hypotheses. Electrophysiology of Plant Gravitropism. Electrochemistry of Plant Life. Electrophysiology and Plant Responses to Biotic Stress. Control of Plant Development by Hydro-electrochemical Signal Transduction: a Way for Understanding Photoperiodic Flower Induction.
From the reviews: "Rainer Stahlberg gives a short and concise historical introduction to plant electrophysiology. ! Taken together, valuable technical information about selected electrophysiological techniques and underlying theories is provided for interested students and specialized scientists. ! it can be recommended to students and researchers looking for a guide to techniques around noninvasive ion flux measurements, other selected techniques, and insights into the diversity of electrophysiological events in plants." (Petra Dietrich, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 164 (11), 2007)