Communication in Plants - Neuronal Aspects of Plant Life

Edited by Frantisek Baluska, Stefano Mancuso and Dieter Volkmann 
Springer  2006  

Hardback  438 p., 82 illus  ISBN 9783540284758      £192.00
Plant neurobiology is a newly emerging field of plant sciences. It covers signalling and communication at all levels of biological organization from molecules up to ecological communities. In this book, plants are presented as intelligent and social organisms with complex forms of communication and information processing.

Authors from diverse backgrounds such as molecular and cellular biology, electrophysiology, as well as ecology treat the most important aspects of plant communication, including the plant immune system, abilities of plants to recognize self, signal transduction, receptors, plant neurotransmitters and plant neurophysiology. Further, plants are able to recognize the identity of herbivores and organize the defence responses accordingly. The similarities in animal and plant neuronal/immune systems are discussed too. All these hidden aspects of plant life and behaviour will stimulate further intense investigations in order to understand the communicative plants in their whole complexity.

Written for researchers in plant sciences, neuroscience, immunology and behavioral ecology


  • 1 The Green Plant as an Intelligent Organism, Anthony Trewavas
  • 2 Neurobiological View of Plants and Their Body Plan, Frantisek Baluska, Andrej Hlavacka, Stefano Mancuso, Peter W. Barlow
  • 3 Charles Darwin and the Plant Root Apex: Closing a Gap in Living Systems Theory as Applied to Plants, Peter W. Barlow
  • 4 How Can Plants Choose theMost Promising Organs?, Tsvi Sachs
  • 5 The Role of Root Apices in Shoot Growth Regulation: Support for Neurobiology at theWhole Plant Level?, Peter M. Neumann
  • 6 Signals and Targets Triggered by Self-Incompatibility in Plants: Recognition of "Self " Can BeDeadly , S.G. Thomas, S. Huang, C.J. Staiger, V.E. Franklin-Tong
  • 7 Signal Perception and Transduction in Plant Innate Immunity, Thorsten Nürnberger, Birgit Kemmerling
  • 8 Nitric Oxide Involvement in Incompatible Plant-Pathogen Interactions, Matteo De Stefano, Alberto Ferrarini, Massimo Delledonne
  • 9 FromCell Division to Organ Shape: Nitric Oxide Is Involved in Auxin-Mediated Root Development , María Luciana Lanteri, Magdalena Graziano, Natalia Correa-Aragunde, Lorenzo Lamattina
  • 10 Neurotransmitters, Neuroregulators and Neurotoxins in Plants, Susan J. Murch
  • 11 Amino Acid Transport in Plants and Transport of Neurotransmitters in Animals: a CommonMechanism?, Tobias Müller, Wolfgang Koch, DanielWipf
  • 12 GABA and GHB Neurotransmitters in Plants and Animals, Aaron Fait, Ayelet Yellin, Hillel Fromm
  • 13 The Arabidopsis thaliana Glutamate-like Receptor Family (AtGLR), Matthew Gilliham, Malcolm Campbell, Christian Dubos, Dirk Becker, Romola Davenport
  • 14 Similarities Between Endocannabinoid Signaling in Animal Systems and N-Acylethanolamine Metabolism in Plants , Elison B. Blancaflor, Kent D. Chapman
  • 15 Regulation of Plant Growth and Development by Extracellular Nucleotides, Stanley J. Roux, Charlotte Song, Collene Jeter
  • 16 Physiological Roles of Nonselective Cation Channels in the PlasmaMembrane of Higher Plants, Vadim Demidchik
  • 17 Touch-Responsive Behaviors and Gene Expression in Plants, Elizabeth McCormack, Luis Velasquez, Nikkí A. Delk, Janet Braam
  • 18 Oscillations in Plants , Sergey Shabala
  • 19 Electrical Signals in Long-Distance Communication in Plants, Kazimierz Trebacz, Halina Dziubinska, Elzbieta Krol
  • 20 SlowWave Potentials - a Propagating Electrical Signal Unique to Higher Plants, Rainer Stahlberg, Robert E. Cleland, Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh
  • 21 Electrical Signals, the Cytoskeleton, and Gene Expression: a Hypothesis on the Coherence of the Cellular Responses to Environmental Insult, Eric Davies, Bratislav Stankovic
  • 22 Characteristics and Functions of Phloem-Transmitted Electrical Signals in Higher Plants, Jörg Fromm, Silke Lautner
  • 23 Long-Distance Signal Transmission in Trees, Stefano Mancuso, Sergio Mugnai
  • 24 Electrophysiology and Phototropism, Alexander G. Volkov
  • 25 Hydro-Electrochemical Integration of the Higher Plant - Basis for Electrogenic Flower Induction, EdgarWagner, Lars Lehner, Johannes Normann, Justyna Veit, Jolana Albrechtová
  • 26 Signals and Signalling Pathways in PlantWound Responses, Jeremy D. Rhodes, John F. Thain, David C. Wildon
  • 27 Root Exudation and Rhizosphere Biology: Multiple Functions of a Plant SecondaryMetabolite, Laura G. Perry, Tiffany L. Weir, Balakrishnan Prithiviraj, Mark W. Paschke, Jorge M. Vivanco
  • 28 Communication Between Undamaged Plants by Volatiles: the Role of Allelobiosis, Velemir Ninkovic, Robert Glinwood, Jan Pettersson

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