First published in 1990 under the title of 'Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology' - this edition has been thoroughly revised, reorganised and updated, incorporating the latest developments in this exciting field. The text is divided into ten sections, each dealing with a particular aspect of plant metabolism. Section I deals with the fundamentals of the control of metabolism. This includes new chapters on protein synthesis and the molecular biology of plant development. Section II contains new chapters on the cell wall, structure, communication and defence. Sections III to IX cover all other major processes and pathways of plant metabolism and have been revised and updated to incorporate recent changes and advances in the field. The final section of the book contains new chapters on the manipulation of carbon allocation in plants and on the biochemical basis for plant improvement.