This text presents a comprehensive description of the fundamental principles of plant lipid metabolism and then uses this base to examine current research in the field. The importance of molecular biology and the incorporation of new analytical methods are discussed, and the contributions of current research to agricultural and industrial uses are covered in depth. Chapters are illustrated with tables and figures to support key concepts, and projections for future researc in the field are also explored.
Section 1: Acyl Unit Biosynthesis 1. De Novo Fatty Acid Biosynthesis 2. Biosynthesis of Polysaturated Fatty Acids 3. Unusual Fatty Acids 4. Waxes, Cutin and Suberin 5. Oxygenated Fatty Acids of the Lipoxygenas Pathway Section 2: Complex Acyl Lipids 6. Acyltransferases and Triacylglycerols 7. Origin and Synthesis of Galactolipid and Sulfolipid Head Groups 8. Phospholipid Head Groups 9. Sphingolipids 10. Lipid Transport in Plants Section 3: Biosynthesis Of Isoprenoid Lipids 11. Terpenoid Biosynthesis: The Basic Pathway and Formation of Monoterpenes Sesquiterpenes, and Diterpenes 12. Regulation of Phytosterol Biosynthesis 13. The Plant Prenyllipids, Including Carotenoids, Chlorophylls, and Prenylquinones Section 4: Acyl Lipid Catabolism 14. Lipases 15. Phospholipases 16. Catabolism of Fatty Acids - a and b-Oxidation Section 5: General Considerations 17. Metabolism in Nonphotosynthetic, Nonoilseed Tissues 18. Responses of Lipid Metabolism to Development Change and Environmental Pertubation