Functional Biology of Plants

ISBN-10: 0470699396
ISBN-13: 9780470699393
Edition: 2011
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Description: Functional Biology of Plants provides students and researchers with a clearly written, well structured whole plant physiology text.  Early in the text, it provides essential information on molecular and cellular processes so that the reader can  More...

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List price: $117.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/30/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Functional Biology of Plants provides students and researchers with a clearly written, well structured whole plant physiology text.  Early in the text, it provides essential information on molecular and cellular processes so that the reader can understand how they are integrated into the development and function of the plant at whole-plant level. Thus, this beautifully illustrated book,  presents a modern, applied integration of  whole plant and molecular approaches to the study of plants. It is divided into four parts: Part 1: Genes and Cells, looks at the origins of plants, cell structure, biochemical processes and genes and development. Part 2: The Functioning Plant, describes the structure and function of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seed and fruit development. Part 3: Interactions and Adaptations, examines environmental and biotic stresses and how plants adapt and acclimatise to  these  conditions. Part 4:  Future Directions, illustrates the great importance of  plant research by looking at some well chosen,  topical examples such as GM crops, biomass and bio-fuels, loss of plant biodiversity and the question of how to feed the planet. Finally, an appendix gives an account of modern methods/techniques in molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry.     Throughout the book there are text boxes to illustrate particular aspects of how humans make use of plants, and a comprehensive glossary proves invaluable to those coming to the subject from other areas of life science. 

Martin J. Hodson is principal lecturer in Environmental Biology at Oxford Brookes University and Principal Tutor of the Certificate in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies (CRES).

Preface
Acknowledgements
Origins
Plants - what are they?
Back to the beginning
Eukaryotes emerge
Photosynthetic eukaryotes - the first 'plants'
The greening of Earth - plants invade the land
Embracing the terrestrial lifestyle
Arrival of the angiosperms
Sex and the alternation of generations
Introduction to Plant Cells
Plant cells
Cell walls
The plasma membrane
Cell compartmentation
Chloroplasts
Mitochondria
The nucleus
The vacuole
Endomembrane systems
Microbodies/peroxisomes
Ribosomes
The cytoskeleton
The mitotic cell cycle
Metabolism
Genes, Gene Expression and Development
Genes
Gene expression
Chloroplasts and mitochondria
Control of gene expression - switching genes on and off
Molecular aspects of development
Plant hormones
Light receptors
Concluding comments
From Embryo to Establishment
Introduction
Embryogenesis
Endosperm
Perisperm
Late embryo growth, storage deposition and desiccation
Seed coat
'Recalcitrant' seeds
Apomixis
Seeds and fruit
Fruit development and ripening
Dormancy and quiescence
Germination
Establishment
Roots
External morphology of roots
Root anatomy
Root growth
Soil chemistry and water relations
Plant mineral nutrition
Movement of nutrients to the root surface
Absorption of water and nutrients
Mycorrhizae
Root nodules and nitrogen fixation
Tropisms
Gravitropism in roots
Stems
Structure of the stem
The young stem
The shoot apical meristem
Shoot organizational forms
The mature stem
The tallest, largest and oldest plants
Ageing and senescence
Long-distance xylem transport
Translocation in the phloem
Biological clocks in plants
Phototropism - how do stems curve towards the light?
Gravitropism in stems
Thigmotropism
Nastic movements
Bud dormancy
Leaves
External morphology of leaves
The anatomy of the leaf
Control of leaf growth and development
Photosynthesis
Photorespiration
The photosynthesis/transpiration dilemma
C<sub>4</sub> photosynthesis
Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM)
Sources and sinks
Stomata
Leaf senescence and abscission
Flowers
Introduction
What is a flower?
Organization of flowers and flowering - inflorescences and life-styles
Formation of flowers
Gametogenesis
Pollination and fertilization
Evolution
Environmental Stresses
Responses to stress
Temperature
Waterlogging
Drought
Salinity
Chemical stress
Light and radiation
Acclimation and Adaptation to Environmental Stresses
Adaptation and acclimation responses
Temperature
Resistance and adaptation to waterlogging
Resistance and adaptation to drought
Resistance and adaptation to salinity
Tolerance and adaptation to toxic metals
Adaptations to light and radiation
Biotic Stresses
Plant/plant competition
Plant/animal interactions
Plant pathology
Plants and the Future
Climate change
Loss of plant biodiversity
Biomass and biofuels derived from plants
Genetically modified crops
Conclusion
Glossary
Index

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