Plant Diversity and Evolution: Genotypic and Phenotypic Variation in Higher Plants

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An understanding of plant diversity at both the genome and phenome level is important for both biodiversity conservation and plant breeding. Recent advances in genomics have also resulted in a growth of the subject of plant functional genomics. This book brings these areas together, by reviewing aspects of plant evolution as it relates to variation in plant genomes and associated variations in plant phenomes. Topics covered include chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes, reticulate evolution, polyploidy, population genetics within a species, the evolution of the flower, diversity in plant cell walls and in secondary metabolism, and the importance of plant diversity in ecology and agriculture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851999043
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 3/31/2005
  • Series: CABI Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Featured Contents:

• Importance of plant diversity, R Henry

• Relationships between the families of flowering plants, M Chase, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK

• Diversity and evolution of gymnosperms, K Hill, Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney, Australia

• Chloroplast genomes of plants, L Raubeson, Central Washington University, USA, and R Jansen, University of Texas, USA

• The mitochondrial genome of higher plants: A target for natural adaptation, S MacKenzie, University of Nebraska, USA

• Reticulate evolution in higher plants, G McKinnon, University of Tasmania, Australia

• Polyploidy and evolution in plants, J Wendel and J Doyle, Iowa State University, USA

• Crucifer evolution in the post-genomic era, T Mitchell-Olds, Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Germany, I Al-Shehbaz, Missouri Botanical Gardens, USA, M Koch, Heidelberg Institute of Plant Sciences, Germany, and T Sharbel, Laboratoire IFREMER de Genetique et Pathologie, France

• Genetic variation in plant populations: Assessing cause and pattern, D Coates and M Byrne, Department of Conservation and Land Management, Australia

• Evolution of the flower, D Soltis, University of Florida, USA, V Albert, University of Oslo, Norway, S Kim, M Yoo and P Soltis, University of Florida, USA, M Frolhlich, Natural History Museum, UK, J Leebens-Mack, Pennsylvania State University, USA, H Kong, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, K Wall, H Ma and C dePamhpilis, Pennsylvania State University, USA

• Diversity in plant cell walls, P Harris, University of Auckland, New Zealand

• Diversity in secondary metabolism in plants, P Waterman, Southern Cross University, Australia

• Ecological importance of species diversity, C Beierkuhnlein, University Bayreuth, Germany, and A Jentsch, Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany

• Genomic diversity in nature and domestication, E Nevo, University of Haifa, Israel

• Conserving genetic diversity in plants of environmental, social or economic importance, R Henry

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