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By J. A. Callow

The 20th quantity within the sequence deals articles of curiosity to a huge variety of plant scientists. those differ from attention of the connection among plants and weather to the biochemistry and makes use of of regularly occurring plant metabolites. Woodward and Smith speak about the improvement of dynamic and mechanistic types to beat a few of the boundaries of present, basically static, methods to the influence of weather switch on typical crops and plants. The bankruptcy through Ratcliffe reports the use made from a variety of NMR ideas within the examine of physiological and different difficulties in vegetation. Van den Ende's article bargains with using Chlamydomonas , a regular unicellular algal method, for the learn of organelle improvement and the controlling mechanisms concerned, in either its vegetative phone cycle and in gametogenesis. The average roles and simple biochemistry of typical plant metabolites are usually virtually thoroughly misunderstood. The final bankruptcy via Pierpoint seems to be at an instance of those, the salicylates, that are of serious value in clinical learn and for his or her medicinal price. Following a precis of the old heritage to their research and use, the writer considers fresh development in the direction of knowing their biosynthesis and common roles within the context in their better-understood pharmacological activities in animals.

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Models relating subcellular effects of temperature to whole 38 F. I. WOODWARD AND T . M. SMITH plant responses. In “Plants and Temperature” (S. P. Long and F. I. Woodward, eds), pp. 395409. Symposia of the Society for Experimental Biology No. XXXXII. Company of Biologists, Cambridge. Farquhar, G. D. and von Caemmerer, S. (1982). Modelling of photosynthetic response to environmental conditions. In “Physiological Plant Ecology 11. L. Lange, P. S. Nobel, C. B. Osmond and H. Ziegler, eds), Vol. 12B, pp.

108 106 I. INTRODUCTION It was clear from some of the earliest nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments that the water in a living system could produce a readily detectable 'H N M R signal. So when the opportunity arose for biologists to apply the emerging techniques of N M R spectroscopy to systems of biological interest, it was perhaps inevitable that they would first use N M R to study the properties of water in cells and tissues. The advantages of studying the water non-invasively, in an unperturbed system, were apparently only partly offset by the problems of interpretation that arose from the heterogeneity of living systems and a considerable literature developed in this field.

WOODWARD AND T. M. SMITH 35 h 30 T v) N E 25 I 0 ’ 0 a I 5 I I 15 1 I I 20 25 30 Amax observed bmol m-* s-’) 10 I 35 Fig. 14. Relationship between predicted A,,,, based on soils, temperature and irradiance and observed A,,,. Details as for Fig. 10. 002 x A , , , ( , ~ ~ . 915. , 1972; Jones, 1992). The consequence of this asymmetry of minimum VPD and maximum temperature is a marked reduction in A,,, for biomes in warmer climates (Table V). The slope of the relationship between the observed and predicted values of A,,, therefore begins to deviate from the 1:1 relationship (Fig.

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