Temperature and Plant Development provides a detailed analysis of the role of temperature fluctuations and stressors in plant development. Renowned experts in plant biology outline plant adaptation to high and low temperature stress, whole plant psychological adaptations, and temperature-regulated gene networks.
A hot and interdisciplinary issue, climate change has a tremendous effect on crop production and global food security, and Temperature and Plant Development tends to predictions and fears surrounding those issues.
Temperature and Plant Development is a handy resource not only for plant biologists and students, but also for environmentalists and policy makers examining climate change effects.
Franklin and Wigge
Overview of the importance of temperature to plants. Global climate change. Temperature acting as an informational signal and as a stress. Brief summary of book contents.
Chapter 1. How do plants sense temperature?
1. Steve Penfield (University of Exeter, UK).
2. Seth Davis (MPIZ, Cologne, Germany).
General overview of all potential thermosensing mechanisms (eg. Calcium, membrane fluidity, chromatin).
Chapter 2. Developmental adaptation to cold environments
Developmental adaptations which enable growth in low temperature environments (compact architecture, succulent leaves). Effects of low temperature on plant physiology. Photosynthesis and respiration. Polar plants.
1. Vaughan Hurry (University of Umea, Sweden)
2. Owen Atkin (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia).
Chapter 3. Freezing stress
1. Mike Thomashow (University of Michigan, USA)
Summary of signalling pathways controlling cold acclimation and freezing tolerance
Chapter 4. Developmental adaptation to warm environments
1. Martijn van Zanten (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)
2. Phil Mullineaux (University of Essex, UK)
Developmental adaptations which occur in response to elevated temperatures (elongation growth, hyponasty, early flowering). Impact of high temperature on plant physiology. Stomatal opening. Leaf cooling. Temperature and drought signalling. Desert plants.
Chapter 5. Heat stress
1. Elizabeth Vierling (University of Arizona, USA)
Heat shock proteins/molecular chaperones
Chapter 6. Vernalization
1. Caroline Dean (John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK)
2. Rick Amasino (University of Wisconsin, USA)
3. Liz Dennis (CSIRO, Canberra, Australia)
Summary of signalling processes controlling vernalization
Chapter 7. Temperature and light signalling crosstalk
1. Karen Halliday (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Crosstalk in light and temperature signalling pathways. Seasonal detection through temperature/photoperiod interactions. Phytochrome hierarchies at different temperatures.
Chapter 8. Temperature and the circadian clock
1. Rob McClung (Dartmouth College, USA)
2. Seth Davis (MPIZ, Cologne)
3. Anthony Hall (University of Liverpool, UK)
4. Harriet McWatters (University of Oxford, UK)
Temperature entrainment of the clock. Temperature compensation.
Chapter 9. Temperature and plant disease
1. Vinod Kumar (John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK)
Impact of temperature change on plant disease. Interactions between temperature and disease signalling.
Chapter 10. Global Climate Change and sustainable food security
1. Rosamund Naylor (Stanford University, USA)
2. David Battisti (University of Washington, USA)
Predicted effects of global climate change on crop production and ecosystems.