Plant Biochemistry

Biochemistry of Plants, Plant Physiology

Plant biochemistry is the study of the biochemistry of autotrophic organisms such as photosynthesis and other plant specific biochemical processes.

The plants and higher fungi produce through their metabolism a vast variety of chemical substances. These are important for the plant itself, but also for the environment and for the recovery and use by humans. The Plant Biochemistry deals with biochemical processes of plant metabolism. The entirety of the vital processes of plants is also known as plant physiology.

The plant biochemistry is therefore a branch of Biochemistry.

A variety of chemical aspects as well as other disciplines play in this field a role, for example natural products chemistry, phytochemistry, the chemistry of pesticides, the chemistry of vegetable dyes and more.

The following list includes online available information and institutions in the field of plant biochemistry.


Lecture Notes, Tutorials
Data and Databases
Software and Programs
Books Online, eBooks
Research facilities and departments

Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Evolution of Photoautotrophy - Format: PDF

Plant Biochemistry
Lecture notes. University of Kentucky, USA

Plant Physiology
Online Edition of a companion to plant physiology

Plant Physiology
Lecture notes

Data and Databases

Frontiers in Plant Physiology
… aims to publish the best research across the entire field of plant physiology. Physiology studies the nature or functioning of an organism. It uses technologies such as cell biology, biochemistry, biophysics, genetics and all areas of omics and systems biology to determine how organisms work and how they interact with their environment. Frontiers Media

Plant Pathology Glossary
On-line glossary of technical terms in plant pathology

P-type ATPases
ATPases Database

Software and Programs

... is a free package of programs for inferring phylogenies. It is distributed as source code, documentation files, and a number of different types of executables. University of Washington, USA

Functional Genomics of Plant Phosphorylation

Books Online, eBooks

Plant Biochemistry
… by Hans-Walter Heldt, Fiona Heldt. Google Books


... has been at the forefront, publishing original, high-impact, cutting-edge biological research. Elsevier

General and Applied Plant Physiology
… is published by the Institute of Plant Physiology - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Open access

Indian Journal for Plant Physiology
… publishes original research paper in the fields of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry, Agronomy, Soil Science, Horticulture, Genetics, Molecular Biology and other cognate sciences that are of primary interest to Plant Physiology. Springer

Journal of Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
… publishes review articles, research papers, short communications and commentaries in the areas of plant biochemistry, plant molecular biology, microbial and molecular genetics, DNA finger printing, micropropagation, and plant biotechnology including plant genetic engineering, new molecular tools and techniques, genomics & bioinformatics. Springer

Journal of Plant Physiology
… publishes original papers, reviews and short communications dealing with all aspects of plant biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology and basic aspects of plant biotechnology. Elsevier

Plant and Cell Physiology
... is an international journal devoted to the publication of original papers pertaining to physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, gene engineering and cell engineering of plants and microorganisms. Oxford University Press

Plant Cell
... publishes novel research of special significance in plant biology, especially in the areas of cellular biology, molecular biology, genetics, development, and evolution. American Society of Plant Biologists

Plant Journal
Publishing the best original research papers in all key areas of modern plant biology from the world's leading laboratories. Blackwell

Plant Molecular Biology
... is an international journal dedicated to rapid publication of original research in all areas of plant biology. Springer

Plant Physiology
... is an international journal devoted to physiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, biophysics, and environmental biology of plants. American Society of Plant Biologists

... publishes original articles and invited reviews in all aspects of plant biology. Coverage includes molecular and cell biology, structural biology, biochemistry, metabolism, growth, development and morphogenesis, ecological and environmental physiology, biotechnology, structural biology and plant-microorganism interactions. Springer

Russian Journal of Plant Physiology
Fiziologiya Rastenii is the most popular journal in phytophysiology in the former Soviet Union. It embraces the full spectrum of plant physiology, bringing together the related aspects of biophysics, biochemistry, cytology, anatomy, genetics, etc. Springer

Trends in Plant Science
... is the No. 1 monthly review journal in plant science. Elsevier

Research facilities and departments

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology
Golm, Germany

Zόrich, Switzerland
Research Group of Plant Biochemistry


American Society of Plant Biologists
ASPB provides a forum for molecular and cellular biology as well as to serve the basic interests of plant science

Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists
CSPP provides a forum for plant scientists in Canada to meet and discuss not only the latest scientific developments in the field, but also the political, social and financial issues that we all face as we develop our research and/or teaching careers

Indian Society for Plant Physiology
… provides opportunities for personal contact and fellowship between workers interested in the field of Plant Physiology

Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists
The JSPP aims to promote the development of both basic and applied research in the field of plant physiology, to disseminate knowledge related to this field, and to contribute to the development of science and culture

Related Books and Scientific Literature: Plant Biochemistry

Book recommendation

Caroline Bowsher, Martin Steer, Alyson Tobin

Plant Biochemistry

"Plant Biochemistry" is an undergraduate textbook that places biochemistry in the context of the whole plant, from a cellular level to an ecological and environmental level. It is written from the perspective that biochemistry of plants is distinct from that of other organisms for two main reasons: they are autotrophic and sessile. Metabolic pathways are represented as route maps, showing how one reaction follows another, and emphasizing the dynamism and flexibility of plant biochemistry in the face of environmental challenges. The fact that these pathways do not operate in isolation is specifically highlighted throughout, reflected in the coverage of systems-based approaches that provide an understanding of the interlinking processes of biochemical and gene regulation.Photosynthetic, biosynthetic and respiratory pathways and their regulation are covered in detail, emphasizing the influence of the environment e.g. the biosynthesis of alkaloids, phenolics, and terpenoids by which plants produce chemicals to deter herbivores and the complex carbon concentrating pathways of C4 photosynthesis and of Crassulacean Acid Metabolism.

Plant cell structure is included, showing how the compartmentalization of many biochemical pathways is used as a regulatory mechanism. The acquisition of the elements and minerals needed for plant growth and development is also covered.The topics covered in "Plant Biochemistry" illustrate that plants and their biochemistry have a direct impact on human activity and success, in terms of their importance as a food supply and as raw materials for industrial and pharmaceutical products. This will be an invaluable text for any second or third year undergraduate student studying plant biochemistry who wishes to understand the relevance of plant biochemistry to plants, humans and animals. It is also an ideal reference text for graduates and researchers.

Garland Publishing; 2008

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