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Author Beilby, Mary J., author

Title The physiology of characean cells / Mary J. Beilby, Michelle T. Casanova
Published Heidelberg : Springer, 2014
Table of Contents
1.The Characean Plant1
1.1.General Morphology1
1.2.Morphology of Individual Species7
1.2.1.The Chara corallina/australis Group of Species7
1.2.2.The Lamprothamnium papulosum/macropogon Group of Species9
1.2.3.The Lamprothamnium succinctum Group of Species11
1.2.4.Lamprothamnium inflatum11
1.2.5.Species of Tolypella14
1.2.6.Species of Nitellopsis14
1.2.7.Species of Nitella Suitable for Physiological Studies16
1.3.Cellular Structures and Processes18
1.3.3.The Oospore20
1.3.4.The Germinating Oospore22
1.4.Characean Names22
1.4.1.Systematics and the Concept of Species23
1.4.2.Individual Species' Stories25
1.4.3.Lessons to be Learned28
1.5.1.Distribution and Abundance28
1.5.2.Processes Controlling Characean Distribution29
1.5.3.Ecological Role of Characean Plants30
1.5.4.Abiotic Environmental Factors31
1.5.5.Culturing Characean Plants34
1.5.6.Life History35
1.5.7.Population Ecology35
1.5.8.Application of Ecological Knowledge37
2.Detached Cells in Steady State: Electrophysiology and Transport43
2.2.Cell Compartments and Their Modification50
2.2.1.Cell Wall and Extracellular Mucilage50
2.3.Plasma Membrane PD58
2.3.1.Pump State58
2.3.2.Background State60
2.3.3.K+ State66
2.3.4.H+/OH- State68
2.3.5.Temporal Interaction Between the States71
2.4.Spatial Interaction Between States: "pH Banding"72
2.4.1.Carbon Supply for Photosynthesis74
2.4.3.Circulating Currents77
2.4.4.Establishment and Collapse of Banding77
2.4.5.Interaction with Cytoplasmic Streaming and AP80
2.5.Other Plasma Membrane Transporters82
2.5.1.Cl- Transport82
2.5.2.Nitrogen Transport83
2.5.3.Phosphate Transport89
2.5.4.Na+/K+ Transport92
2.5.5.Water Transport94
2.6.Tonoplast PD and Transporters97
2.6.2.Permeabilised and Perfused Cells98
2.6.3.Cytoplasmic Droplets100
3.Electrophysiology of the Detached Cell Under Stress115
3.2.Mechanical Stress or Electrical Stress118
3.2.1.Receptor Potential Differences (RPDs)118
3.2.2.Action Potentials124
3.2.3.Voltage Clamp to Negative Levels130
3.2.4.Wound (Death) Response132
3.2.5.Testing of Herbicides137
3.3.Osmotic and/or Saline Stress137
3.3.2.Electrophysiology of Hypertosmotic Regulation in Salt-Tolerant Characean Cells140
3.3.3.Hypotonic Regulation in Salt-Tolerant Characean Cells145
3.3.4.Osmotic and Salt Stress in Salt-Sensitive Characean Cells148
3.3.5.Na+ Fluxes at the Time of Salt Stress151
3.3.6.Control of Water Transport by Osmolarity152
4.The Whole Plant and Cell-to-Cell Transport165
4.2.Cytoplasmic Streaming167
4.2.1.Characean Cell Started the Research into Streaming Mechanism167
4.2.2.Actin and Myosin in Characeae168
4.2.3.Some Factors Affecting Streaming171
4.2.4.Calcium Concentration and Action Potential173
4.3.Cell-to-Cell Transport175
4.3.1.Structure of the Nodal Complex and Plasmodesmata175
4.3.2.Transport and Its Controlling Factors178
4.3.3.IAA Transport186
4.4.1.Cytoplasmic Streaming186
4.4.2.Rhizoids and Protonemata187
4.5.Cell Walls189
4.6.Characeae in Phytoremediation190
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 205 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents The Charophyte Plant -- Detached Cells in Steady-State: Electrophysiology and Transport -- Electrophysiology of the Detached Cell Under Stress -- The Whole Plant and Cell-to-Cell Transport
Summary This book describes the unique characean experimental system, which provides a simplified model for many aspects of the physiology, transport and electrophysiology of higher plants. The first chapter offers a thorough grounding in the morphology, taxonomy and ecology of Characeae plants. Research on characean detached cells in steady state is summarised in Chapter 2, and Chapter 3 covers characean detached cells subjected to calibrated and mostly abiotic types of stress: touch, wounding, voltage clamp to depolarised and hyperpolarised potential difference levels, osmotic and saline stress. Chapter 4 highlights cytoplasmic streaming, cell-to-cell transport, gravitropism, cell walls and the role of Characeae in phytoremediation. The book is intended for researchers and students using the characean system and will also serve as an invaluable reference resource for electrophysiologists working on higher plants
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed November 25, 2013)
Subject Characeae -- Physiology.
Characeae -- Ecology.
Form Electronic book
Author Casanova, Michelle T., author
ISBN 9783642402883 (electronic bk.)
3642402887 (electronic bk.)