Special Issue "Plant Vacuole"


A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Diane Bassham
Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology; Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa 50011, USA
Website: http://www.gdcb.iastate.edu/faculty_and_research/bios/dbassham.shtml
E-Mail: bassham@iastate.edu
Phone: +1-515-294-7461
Fax: +1-515-294-5256
Interests: autophagy; vesicle trafficking, SNAREs; vacuolar targeting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The plant vacuole is an essential organelle for plant growth and development and is typically the largest compartment within a mature plant cell. It is a highly dynamic organelle with multiple functions, including maintenance of turgor, storage of ions, metabolites and proteins, and degradation of macromolecules. Vacuoles within different cell types and at different developmental stages often have distinct functions, for example in protein storage during seed development and protein degradation during seed germination. This Special Issue will highlight recent findings on vacuole structure, function and biogenesis, including but not limited to vacuole formation; vesicle trafficking to the tonoplast and vacuole lumen of newly synthesized proteins and of macromolecules for degradation; transport of ions and metabolites across the tonoplast; and functions in specialized processes such as guard cell movement, gravitropism and stress tolerance. Contributions on any aspect of vacuole biology are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Diane Bassham
Guest Editor


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  • vacuole biogenesis
  • ion transport
  • protein storage
  • vesicle trafficking
  • autophagy
  • tonoplast
  • turgor

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet.

Last update: 19 November 2013

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