Professor Emeritus of MCD Biology
B.S., University of Utah
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
Acting Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Plant Development and Physiology, History of Plant Biology
My research program has been rather eclectic over the years, including such topics as the mechanism of plant hormone action (e.g. gibberellin, auxin, and ethylene), the mechanical properties of cell walls in relation to cell expansion, the role of proton pumps in vacuolar acidification and transport, the evolution of vacuolar H+-ATPases and its implications for the phylogenetic tree of life, metal tolerance in plants, the mechanism of auxin transport, and most recently, the regulation of stomatal guard cells by ultraviolet light. Beginning in 1990 I have also co-edited several editions the textbook, Plant Physiology, which continues to be a labor of love to the present day. The text has now been translated into ten languages. In 2007 I was pleased to be made a Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Since retiring in 2007, I continue to work on new editions of Plant Physiology as well as other writing projects relating to aspects of the history of plant biology.
Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. (2010) Plant Physiology, Fifth Edition. Sinauer Associates. Sunderland, MA. (In press)
Bernasconi , P., and Taiz, L. (2006) Claude-Joseph Geoffroy’s 1711 Lecture on the structure and uses of flowers. Huntia 13: 5-86.
Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. (2006) Plant Physiology, Fourth Edition. Sinauer Associates. Sunderland, MA. 764 pages
Eisinger, W., Bogomolni, R., and Taiz, L. Interactions between a blue-green reversible photoreceptor and a separate UV-B receptor in stomatal guard cells. American Journal of Botany 90: 1560-1566.
Taiz, L. and Zeiger, E. 2002. Plant Physiology, Third Edition. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, MA. 690 pps. (2002).
Sze, H., Schumacher, K., Müller, M., and Taiz, L. A simple nomenclature for a complex proton pump: VHA genes encode the Vacuolar H+-ATPase. Trends in Plant Science 7: 157-161 (2002).
Bernasconi, P. and Taiz, L. Sebastian Vaillant’s 1717 Lecture on the structure and function of flowers. Huntia 11: 97-128 (2002).
Murphy, A., Hoogner, K., Peer, W., and Taiz, L. Identification, purification, and molecular cloning of N-1-naphthylphthalmic acid–binding plasma membrane-associated aminopeptidases from Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 128: 935-950 (2002).
Müller, M.L. and Taiz, L. H+/ATP stoichiometry and the role of organic acids in vacuolar acidification in lemon fruits. J. Membrane Biology 185: 209-220 (2002).
Brune, A., Müller, M., Taiz, L. and Echeverría, E. Vacuolar acidification in citrus fruits: Comparison between acid lime (Citrus aurantifolia) and sweet lime (Citrus limmetoides) juice cells. Hort. Sci. 127: 171-177 (2002).
Peer, W.A., Brown, D.E., Tague, B.W., Muday, G.L., Taiz, L., and Murphy, A. S. Flavonoid accumulation patterns of transparent testa mutants of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 126: 536-548 (2001).
Brown, D.E., Rashotte, A.M., Murphy, A.S., Normanly, J., Tague, B.W., Peer, W.A., Taiz, L., and Muday, G.K. Flavonoids act as negative regulators of auxin transport in vivo in Arabidopsis, Plant Physiol. 126: 524-535 (2001).
Murphy, A., Peer, W, and Taiz, L. Regulation of polar auxin transport by aminopeptidases and flavonoids. Planta 211: 315-324 (2000).
Eisinger, W., Swartz, T, Bogomolni, R., and Taiz, L. The ultraviolet action spectrum for stomatal opening in broad bean. Plant Physiol. 122: 99-105 (2000).
Murphy, A. and Taiz, L. Naphthylphthalamic acid is enzymatically hydrolyzed at the hypocotyl-root transition zone and other tissues of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 37: 413-430 [Featured on cover] (1999).
Murphy, A. and Taiz, L. Localization and characterization of soluble and plasma membrane aminopeptidase activities in Arabidopsis seedlings. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 37: 431-443 (1999).
Müller, M.L, Jensen, M., and Taiz, L. The vacuolar H+-ATPase of lemon fruit is regulated by variable H+/ATP coupling and slip. J. Biol. Chem. 274: 10706-10716 (1999).