Molecular aspects of leaf senescence

Trends Plant Sci. 2000 Jul;5(7):278-82. doi: 10.1016/s1360-1385(00)01655-1.


Senescence is the last stage of leaf development and one type of programmed cell death that occurs in plants. The relationships among senescence programs that are induced by a variety of factors have been addressed at a molecular level in recent studies. Furthermore, an overlap between the pathogen-response and senescence programs is beginning to be characterized. The complexity of the senescence program is also evident in studies of senescence-specific gene regulation and the role of photosynthesis and plant hormones in senescence regulation. New molecular-genetic approaches are expected to be useful in unraveling the molecular mechanisms of the leaf senescence program.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Bacteria / pathogenicity*
  • Fungi / pathogenicity*
  • Gene Silencing
  • Genes, Plant
  • Plant Viruses / pathogenicity*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / microbiology*
  • Virulence