J Integr Plant Biol ›› 2012, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (8): 514-515.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2012.01148.x
• Editorial •
Hai-Chun Jing1 and Hong Gil Nam2
Senescence is a developmental process in the life cycle of a plant or a plant organ which has an intrinsic link with longevity. In human and animal sciences, the question of what controls the length of life is a fundamental biological query which has been puzzling scientists for centuries. Plant senescence is an even more complicated topic, since plants have many life-forms which differ greatly in their maximal life-spans. On the applied side, plant senescence has a great impact on landscape, agriculture, and our daily lives, being tightly linked to crop yield and quality as well as biomass production and bio-energy development, which are of increasing concern in the current age of climate change and parallel population growth.
Hai-Chun Jing, and Hong Gil Nam. Leaf Senescence in Plants: From Model Plants to Crops, Still so Many Unknowns[J]. J Integr Plant Biol, 2012, 54(8): 514-515.
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