Edited by Lambers, Hans; Ribas-Carbo, Miquel
Volume 18 in the series Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration
Hardback 250 pp ISBN 9781402035883
Respiration in plants, as in all living organisms, is essential to provide metabolic energy and carbon skeletons
for growth and maintenance. As such, respiration is an essential component of a plant's carbon budget.
Depending on species and environmental conditions, it consumes 25-75% of all the carbohydrates produced in
photosynthesis - even more at extremely slow growth rates. Respiration in plants can also proceed in a manner
that produces neither metabolic energy nor carbon skeletons, but heat.
This type of respiration involves the
cyanide-resistant, alternative oxidase; it is unique to plants, and resides in the mitochondria. The activity
of this alternative pathway can be measured based on a difference in fractionation of oxygen isotopes
between the cytochrome and the alternative oxidase. Heat production is important in some flowers to
attract pollinators; however, the alternative oxidase also plays a major role in leaves and roots of most plants.
A common thread throughout this volume is to link respiration, including alternative oxidase activity, to plant
functioning in different environments.
Written for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working on plant respiration and university staff
teaching plant biology
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- Author Index
- Regulation of Respiration In Vivo.
- Calorespirometry in Plant Biology.
The Application of the Oxygen-Isotope Technique to Assess Respiratory Pathway Partitioning.
Respiration in Photosynthetic Cells:
- Gas Exchange Components, Interactions with Photorespiration and the
Operation of Mitochondria in the Light.
- Effects of Light Intensity and Carbohydrate Status on Leaf and Root
- The Effects of Water Stress on Plant Respiration.
- Response of Plant Respiration to Changes in
- Mechanisms and Consequences of Variations in Q10 Values and Acclimation.
- Oxygen Transport,
Respiration, and Anaerobic Carbohydrate Catabolism in Roots in Flooded Soils.
Effects of Soil pH and Aluminum on Plant Respiration.
- Understanding Plant Respiration: Separating Respiratory
Components versus a Process-Based Approach.
- Respiratory/Carbon Costs of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation
- Respiratory Costs of Mycorrhizal Associations.
- Integrated Effects of Atmospheric CO2
Concentration on Plant and Ecosystem Respiration.
: nitrogen fixation
: plant science