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Mechanisms in Plant Development / Edition 1

Mechanisms in Plant Development / Edition 1

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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.

  • New approach to the study of plant development and a refreshing look at this fast-moving area.
  • Authors focus their discussion on the basic mechanisms which underpin plant development, tackling the fundamental question of how a single cell becomes a complex flowering plant from a cellular perspective.
  • An up-to-date, modern text in plant development for advanced level undergraduates and postgraduates in plant science.
  • Thought-provoking treatment of a difficult subject, the text will satisfy the needs of advanced level undergraduates and postgraduates in plant science.
  • Experimental case studies throughout.
  • The artwork from the book is available at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865427426
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 04/15/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Ottoline Leyser is a reader in plant developmental genetics at the University of York.

Stephen Day is a science writer, also in York.

Table of Contents




1. An Introduction to Flowering Plants.

2. Characteristics of Plant Development.

3. Cell Intrinsic Information.

4. Development Mechanisms.

5. Primary Axis Development.

6. Axis Development in the Leaf and Flower.

7. Position Relative to a Particular Cell, Tissue or Organ.

8. Light.

9. Environmental Information other than Light.

10. The Coordination of Development.

11. A Comparison of Plant and Animal Development.


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