Plant Programmed Cell Death

Abstract

Programmed cell death (PCD) in higher plants is observed throughout their development and in pathogenic infection. There is evidence of some mechanistic and morphological similarities to cell death in animals but many fundamental questions related to plant PCD remain to be answered.

Keywords: cell death; tracheids; xylem; salicylic acid; phytohormones; disease resistance; reactive; oxygen; caspase; stress; cytochrome c; alternative oxidase

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Lam, Eric(Sep 2006) Plant Programmed Cell Death. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0001689.pub2]