Pigment of the Imagination

Pigment of the Imagination : History of Phytochrome Research

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"Pigment of the Imagination" chronicles the story of phytochrome, the bright-blue photoreversible pigment through which plants constantly monitor the quality and presence of light. The book begins with work that led to the discovery of phytochrome, and ends with the latest findings in gene regulation and expression. The phytochrome story provides a paradigm for the process of scientific disovery. This book will be of interest to scientists who work on phytochrome and related subjects in plant science, as well as to all scientists and science historians interested in how a scientific research field begins, develops, and matures.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 545 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 1,061.4g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0126144451
  • 9780126144451

Table of contents

Daylength and flowering; the 1930s; spectral studies; action spectra for floral induction; action spectra for elongation growth; photoreversibility; the 1950s; high-energy responses; detection; partial purification; the properties of phytochrome; phototransformation; in vivo spectrophotometric studies; seed germination and flowering; photoperiodic timing; mougeotia; ode of action; the Hartmann model; large phytochrome; the gene regulation hypothesis; dark transformations; localization; properties of large phytochrome; the membrane hypothesis; high-irradiance responses; the very low fluence response - a dimer model; shade avoidance; the chromophore; native phytochrome; native pr and pfr sequestered and ubiquitinated phytochrome; multiple phytochromes; gene regulation; autoregulation; phytochrome and flowering. Epiloque: weed control; coloured mulch.
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