Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 13, Plastids
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Plastids are essential plant organelles, vital for life on earth. They are important not just as photosynthetic organelles (chloroplasts) but also as sites involved in many fundamental intermediary metabolic pathways. Over the last decade, plastid research has seen tremendous advances and an exciting new picture is emerging of how plastids develop and function inside plant cells. The recent and rapid progress in the field has been due largely to reverse genetic approaches and forward genetic screening programs, which have resulted in the dissection of numerous chloroplast protein-function relationships.
This book provides an overview of the current state of the art. It is directed at researchers and professionals in plant physiology, cell biology, genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry.
Dario Leister and Paolo Pesaresi, Abteilung für Pflanzenzüchtung und Ertragsphysiologie, Max-Planck-Institut für Züchtungsforschung, Köln, Germany.
2. Plastid development and differentiation.
Mark Waters and Kevin Pyke, Plant Sciences Division, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK.
3. Plastid metabolic pathways.
Ian Tetlow and Michael J. Emes, College of Biological Sciences, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Steve Rawsthorne, Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK and Christine Raines, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK.
4. Plastid division in higher plants.
Simon Geir Møller, Department of Biology, University of Leicester, UK.
5. The protein import pathway into chloroplasts: a single tune or variations on a common theme?.
Ute C. Vothknecht and Jürgen Soll, Department of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.
6. Biogenesis of the thylakoid membrane.
Colin Robinson, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, UK and Alexandra Mant, Department of Plant Biology, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
7. The chloroplast proteolytic machinery.
Zach Adam, The Robert H. Smith Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.
8. Regulation of nuclear expression by plastid signals.
John C. Gray, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK.
9. Chloroplast avoidance movement.
Masahiro Kasahara, Gene Research Center, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan and Masamitsu Wada, Department of Biological Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan.
10. Chloroplast genetic engineering for enhanced agronomic traits and expression of proteins for medical/industrial applications.
Andrew L. Devine and Henry Daniell, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA.
Timely in view of the intense current interest in the mechanisms governing chloroplast division and their potential for the development of safer ways of genetically engineering crops
Authors are drawn from leading laboratories around the world