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Sensory Biology of Plants

Editors: Sopory, Sudhir (Ed.)

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  • Covers the life of plants from seed germination to flowering bringing in the role of various factors such as the molecular mechanisms
  • Deals with the concepts of plant cognitions, experience, and memory, both from scientific and philosophical perspective
  • Good for readers outside the plant field with basic knowledge in cell biology
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Plants provide a source of survival for all life on this planet. They are able to capture solar energy and convert it into food, feed, wood and medicines. Though sessile in nature, over many millions of years, plants have diversified and evolved from lower to higher life forms, spreading from sea level to mountains, and adapting to different ecozones. They have learnt to cope with challenging environmental conditions and various abiotic and biotic factors.

Plants have also developed systems for monitoring the changing environment and efficiently utilizing resources for growth, flowering and reproduction, as well as mechanisms to counter the impact of pests and diseases and to communicate with other biological systems, like microbes and insects.

This book discusses the “awareness” of plants and their ability to gather information through the perception of environmental cues, such as light, gravity, water, nutrients, touch and sound, and stresses. It also explores plants’ biochemical and molecular “computing” of the information to adjust their physiology and development to the advantage of the species. Further, it examines how plants communicate between their different organs and with other organisms, as well as the concepts of plant cognition, experience and memory, from both scientific and philosophical perspectives. Lastly, it addresses the phenomenon of death in plants.

The epilogue presents an artist’s view of the beauty of the natural world, especially plant “architecture”.

The book provides historical perspectives, comparisons with animal systems where needed, and general biochemical and molecular concepts and themes. Each chapter is selfcontained, but also includes cross talk with other chapters to offer an integrated view of plant life and allow readers to appreciate and admire the functioning of plant life from within and without.

The book is a tribute by the Editor to his students, colleagues and co-workers and to those in whose labs he has worked.

About the authors

Prof. Sudhir Kumar Sopory completed his Ph.D at the University of Delhi, and later worked at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He trained at the Max Planck Institute in Cologne and the University of Munich in Germany, at the University of Texas, Austin and at the United States Department of Agriculture, Beltsville , USA. He served as Group Leader, Director, and later as Arturo Falaschi Emeritus Scientist at the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. He was also the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

He is an elected fellow of the major Indian science academies and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and has received numerous honours, including the 1987 Shanti Swarup Bhatangar Prize, the highest Indian award in science and technology. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to science and technology.

Sudhir Sopory is currently a SERB (Govt of India) Distinguished Fellow at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi, India.

His major contributions are in the area of molecular plant physiology, more specifically in cell differentiation, signal transduction and understanding the mechanism of light and stress regulation of gene expression.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $189.00
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  • ISBN 978-981-13-8922-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $249.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-8921-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sensory Biology of Plants
Editors
  • Sudhir Sopory
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-8922-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-8922-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-8921-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 651
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 61 illustrations in colour
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