Plant Dormancy: Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Understanding plant dormancy is of great consequence to the sustainable and efficient procurement of food and fiber for nutritional and economic benefits. The term plant dormancy embraces the processes that bring about a programmed inability within a plant to grow and develop in spite of suitable environmental conditions. Dormancy plays a crucial part at a variety of significant stages in the life cycle of many plants. Seeds, buds and tubers are all included in this book and the relationships between dormancy, ...
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Overview


Understanding plant dormancy is of great consequence to the sustainable and efficient procurement of food and fiber for nutritional and economic benefits. The term plant dormancy embraces the processes that bring about a programmed inability within a plant to grow and develop in spite of suitable environmental conditions. Dormancy plays a crucial part at a variety of significant stages in the life cycle of many plants. Seeds, buds and tubers are all included in this book and the relationships between dormancy, development and the environment are explored.

Papers have been contributed from leading workers in the field and have been developed from the First International Symposium on Plant Dormancy held in Oregon. The book brings together work that considers the genetic regulation of plant dormancy and its physiological and biochemical manifestations. Molecular techniques to help in the elucidation of processes and paradigms are discussed, and there are also examples of the use of modelling in the study of dormancy. Overall, the book presents a valuable review of plant dormancy for crop scientists, plant physiologists, plant molecular biologists, horticulturists and all those involved in investigating and managing plant dormancy.

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"This book provides a valuable coverage of the somewhat uncertain, current status of the field for those interested in plant development from either a theoretical or practical point of view. It is the only book on this subject of which I am aware of, and I recommend it."--Quarterly Review of Biology

"Plant Dormancy . . . surveys the broad scope of plant dormancy research. The book contains papers presented by speakers at the First International Symposium on Plant Dormancy. . . . [It] is intended for researchers in the field, students, libraries, and for individuals wanting a survey of dormancy research. It provides both an overview of key aspects of dormancy, as well as details on specific systems used in studying dormancy. The purpose of the book . . . is to present the current state of research and generate discussion and questions. The strength of this book is that it presents seed and bud dormancy systems and models in the same volume . . . The book is soundly constructed. Although there are different authors for each chapter, thorough editing and grouping of papers into . . . six topic areas make this book easy to read. It is well balanced with text and illustrations. . . . Plant Dormancy ends with a comprehensive index."--HortScience

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851989785
  • Publisher: CAB International North America
  • Publication date: 12/1/1996
  • Series: CABI Series
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Washington State University
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
1 Natural History of Seed Dormancy 3
2 Is Failure of Seeds to Germinate during Development a Dormancy-related Phenomenon? 17
3 Control and Manipulation of Seed Dormancy 29
4 A Physiological Comparison of Seed and Bud Dormancy 47
5 Dormancy and Symplasmic Networking at the Shoot Apical Meristem 59
6 A New Conceptual Approach to Bud Dormancy in Woody Plants 83
7 Development of Dormancy in Tissue-Cultured Lily Bulblets and Apple Shoots 115
8 Dormancy in Tuberous Organs: Problems and Perspectives 133
9 A Physiological Comparison of Vernalization and Dormancy Chilling Requirement 147
10 Dormancy Breakage by Chilling: Phytochrome, Calcium and Calmodulin 157
11 Conifer Bud Dormancy and Stress Resistance: A Forestry Perspective 171
12 Early Development of Bud Dormancy in Conifer Seedlings 193
13 Near-Lethal Stress and Bud Dormancy in Woody Plants 201
14 Structural Requirements of the ABA Molecule for Maintenance of Dormancy in Excised Wheat Embryos 213
15 Changes in Hormone Sensitivity in Relation to Onset and Breaking of Sunflower Embryo Dormancy 221
16 Processes at the Plasma Membrane and Plasmalemma ATPase during Dormancy 233
17 Carbohydrate Metabolism as a Physiological Regulator of Seed Dormancy 245
18 Chemical Mechanisms of Breaking Seed Dormancy 257
19 Molecular Analysis of Turion Formation in Spirodela polyrrhiza: a Model System for Dormant Bud Induction 269
20 Characterization of Genes Expressed When Dormant Seeds of Cereals and Wild Grasses are Hydrated and Remain Growth-Arrested 283
21 Analysis of cDNA Clones for Differentially Expressed Genes in Dormant and Non-dormant Wild Oat (Avena fatua L.) Embryos 293
22 Photoperiod-Associated Gene Expression during Dormancy in Woody Perennials 301
23 Population-Based Models Describing Seed Dormancy Behaviour: Implications for Experimental Design and Interpretation 313
24 An Integrating Model for Seed Dormancy Cycling: Characterization of Reversible Sensitivity 341
25 Modelling Climatic Regulation of Bud Dormancy 361
Index 377
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