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.