Mechanisms in Plant Development

ISBN-10: 0865427429
ISBN-13: 9780865427426
Edition: 2002
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Description: Intended for undergraduate and graduate courses in plant development, this book explains how the cells of a plant acquire and maintain their specific fates. Plant development is a continuous process occurring throughout the life cycle, with similar  More...

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Book details

List price: $102.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/14/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Intended for undergraduate and graduate courses in plant development, this book explains how the cells of a plant acquire and maintain their specific fates. Plant development is a continuous process occurring throughout the life cycle, with similar regulatory mechanisms acting at different stages and in different parts of the plant. Rather than focussing on the life cycle, the book is structured around these underlying mechanisms, using case studies to provide students with a framework to understand the many factors, both environmental and endogenous, that combine to regulate development and generate the enormous diversity of plant forms.

Stephen Day has written in the past for a number of journals and periodicals, includingNew Scientistand is co-author ofMechanisms in Plant Development(Blackwell Science, 2002). Professor John Parker is Director of the Botanic Garden at Cambridge University. He was been directly involved in the planning and development of the new Sainsbury Laboratory. Steve Rose was appointed Professor of Biology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Research Group at the Open University, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard, the University of Minnesota, the San Francisco Exploratorium and most recently at University College, London.

Preface
Introduction
Sources for figures
An introduction to flowering plants
Alternation of generations
Gametophyte development
Development of the sporophyte
Further reading
Characteristics of plant development
Plant cells
Larger patterns
Theoretical framework for the study of developmental mechanisms
Conclusions
Further reading
Cell-intrinsic information
Lineage
Laser ablation of cells in the Arabidopsis root tip
Green-white-green periclinal chimeras
Mutations affecting division patterns
Relationship between age and position
Mutations affecting the rate of leaf initiation in Arabidopsis
Conclusions
Further reading
Primary axis development
Embryonic axes
Longitudinal axis of the Fucus embryo
Longitudinal axis of the Arabidopsis embryo
Radial axis of the Arabidopsis embryo
Conclusions
Further reading
Axis development in the leaf and flower
Leaves
Adaxial-abaxial axis of the leaf
Proximodistal axis of the leaf
Determinate nature of leaf development
Flowers
Radial axis of the flower
Adaxial-abaxial axis of the Antirrhinum flower
Conclusions
Further reading
Position relative to a particular cell, tissue or organ
The pattern of trichomes on the Arabidopsis leaf
The pattern of root hairs in Arabidopsis
Phyllotaxy
Coordination of leaf and vascular development
Conclusions
Further reading
Light
Light perception
Developmental responses to light
Light-induced germination
Seedling etiolation and photomorphogenesis
Shade escape
Phototropism
Photoperiodic control of flowering
Conclusions
Further reading
Environmental information other than light
Gravitropism
Thigmomorphogenesis
Effects of uneven nutrient supply on root development
Vernalization
Conclusions
Further reading
The coordination of development
Initiation and maintenance of the shoot apical meristem
Transition from embryonic to post-embryonic development
Phase transitions in post-germination development
Shoot branching
Conclusions
Further reading
A comparison of plant and animal development
Control of cell fate
Development of pattern
Consequences of autotrophy versus heterotrophy
Conclusions
Further reading
Index

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