Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Plant Reproduction

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Molecular biology techniques have considerably improved our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the control of flower initiation, development, function, and senescence. These processes are extremely important for managing the yield of agricultural crops. The essays in this volume discuss the molecular and genetic control of flower morphogenesis in particular species as well as the role and regulation of gene expression in the development of the male and female gametes in plant reproduction. They also review the considerable variation in the longevity and pattern of senescence of flowers. The book will be of particular interest to those botanists researching floral physiology.

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"...amongst this rather eclectic collection of papers, are some real classics-to-be...a collectors' piece." Hugh Dickinson, British Society for Development of Biology Newsletter

"All of the chapters are well-written, and even the shorter research papers review relevant biology, bringing critical questions into focus....a useful reference for graduate students, advanced undergraduate students, and researchers who desire an overview of the plant reproductive process." Christine D. Chase, HortScience

"The articles in this volume represent an eclectic set of loosely related topics..." Darlene Southworth, Plant Science Bulletin

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List of contributors; 1. Introduction: 'where do we go from here?' J. Heslop-Harrison; 2. Molecular control of floral organogenesis and plant reproduction in Petunia hybrida A. J. van Tunen, M. Busscher, L. Columbo, J. Franken and G. C. Angenent; 3. Control of floral morphogenesis in cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis): the role of homeotic genes B. R. Jordan, R. G. Anthony and P. E. James; 4. Isolation and properties of mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana with reduced sensitivity to short days B. Thomas and D. Mozley; 5. Asexual mutants in Melandrium album (Silene alba): tools in cDNA cloning and analysis of an X/Y chromosome system in plants N. Barbacar and I. Negrutiu; 6. Pollen exine - the sporopollenin enigma and the physics of pattern R. J. Scott; 7. The diversity and regulation of gene expression in the pathway of male gametophyte development D. Twell; 8. Characterisation of Arabidopsis thaliana anther-specific gene which shares sequence similarity with ß-1,3-glucanases D. L. Hird, D. Worrall, R. Hodge, S. Smartt, W. Paul and R. Scott; 9. Ovule cDNA clones of Petunia hybrida encoding proteins homologous to MAP and shaggy/zeste-white 3 protein kinases V. Ferrant, J. van Went and M. Kries; 10. Towards the elucidation of the mechanisms of pollen tube inhibition during the self-incompatibility response in Papaver rhoeas F. C. H. Franklin, K. K. Atwal, J. P. Ride and V. E. Franklin-Tong; 11. Intracellular movement and pollen physiology: progress and prospects J. Heslop-Harrison and Y. Heslop-Harrison; 12. Organisation and functions of cell surface molecules on gametes of the brown algae Fucus J. R. Green, C. J. Stafford, P. J. Wright and J. A. Callow; 13. Strategies of flower senescence - a review A. D. Stead and W. G. van Doorn; 14. The physiology of petal senescence which is not initiated by ethylene W. G. van Doorn and A. D. Stead; 15. Molecular biology of flower senescence in carnation W. R. Woodson; 16. Ethylene sensitivity and flower senescence C. S. Whitehead; 17. Ethylene biosynthetic genes and inter-organ signalling during flower senescence E. J. Woltering, A. Ten Have, P. B. Larsen and W. R. Woodson; Index.

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