Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/1/2005
Publication Date: 6/30/2006
Citation: Quail, P.H. 2006. General introduction. In: Schäfer, E. and Nagy, F., editors. Photomorphogenesis in Plants and Bacteria: Function and Signal Transduction Mechanisms. 3rd ed. Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, Ch 16, p. 329-334. Interpretive Summary: This book chapter provides a summary perspective as an introduction to a five-chapter section of this advanced text book on plant photomorphogenesis research.
Technical Abstract: This unique resource reviews progress made by scientists researching into how ambient changes in the wavelength, intensity, direction and duration of light environment affect plant growth and development - explaining how combinations of new research with classical photobiology and physiology made feasible to interpret intriguing light dependent phenomena such as phototropism, determination of flowering time, shade avoidance etc. at molecular level. Written by over 20 leading experts in the field "Photomorphogenesis in Plants and Bacteria 3rd edition" covers major breakthroughs achieved in the last decade including identification of novel photoreceptors and a variety of molecular mechanisms that mediate photoreceptors controlled signaling induced by the absorption of light photon. Generously referenced with more than 2389 bibliographic citations "Photomorphogenesis in Plants and Bacteria 3rd edition" is an indispensable tool for molecular, cell and applied biologists, geneticists, chronobiologists and upper-level undergraduate and graduate students interested in these disciplines. This book chapter provides a summary perspective as an introduction to a five-chapter section of this advanced text book on plant photomorphogenesis research.