Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 16, Intercellular Communication in Plants
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
Intercellular communication in plants plays a vital role in the
co-ordination of processes leading to the formation of a functional
organism. The signalling systems must function at a local level to
co-ordinate events of cellular differentiation, over long distances
to co-ordinate developmental and physiological responses in
different parts of the plant, and they must even operate between
separate individuals - for example, to control fertilization as
part of the evolutionary strategy of a particular species. To cope
with the diverse requirements for intercellular signalling, plants
have evolved a spectrum of molecular mechanisms, and significant
progress has been made over the last few years in our understanding
of these processes.
This volume provides an overview of our current understanding of intercellular communication in plants, with an emphasis on those research areas showing significant recent progress and promise. It is directed at researchers and professionals in plant biochemistry, physiology, cell biology and molecular biology.
Jiri Friml and Justyna Wisniewska, Department of Developmental Genetics, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2. Peptides as signals.
Yiji Xia, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, Missouri, USA.
3. RNA as a signalling molecule.
Patrice Dunoyer and Olivier Voinnet, Institut de Biologie Moléculaire des Plantes, CNRS, Strasbourg, France.
4. The plant extracellular matrix and signalling.
Andrew Fleming, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK.
5. Plasmodesmata – gateways for intercellular communication in plants.
Trudie Gillespie and Karl Oparka, Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee, UK.
6. Lessons from the vegetative shoot apex.
John Golz, School of Biological Sciences, University of Victoria, Australia.
7. Intercellular communication during floral initiation and development.
George Coupland, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany.
8. Lessons from the root apex.
Martin Bonke, Sari Tähtiharju and Ykä Helariutta, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
9. Lessons from leaf epidermal patterning in plants.
Bhylahalli Purushottam and Martin Hülskamp, Botanical Institute, University of Cologne, Germany.
10. Lessons on signalling in plant self-incompatibility systems.
Andrew G. McCubbin, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University, Pullmann, USA.
The volume considers the various means of intercellular
communication and then focuses on specific experimental systems
that have been the subject of recent research
Chapter authors are drawn from major laboratories in the United States and Europe