1 Brochure More information from Functional Biology of Plants Description: Functional Biology of Plants provides students and researchers with a clearly written, well structured whole plant physiology text. Early in the text, it provides essential information on molecular and cellular processes so that the reader can understand how they are integrated into the development and function of the plant at whole plant level. Thus, this beautifully illustrated book, presents a modern, applied integration of whole plant and molecular approaches to the study of plants. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Genes and Cells, looks at the evolutionary origins of plants, cell structure, biochemical processes and genes and development. Part 2: The Functioning Plant, describes the structure and function of roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seed and fruits development. Part 3: Interactions and Adaptations, examines environmental and biotic stresses and how plants adapt and acclimatise to these conditions. Part 4: Future Directions, illustrates the great importance of plant research by looking at some well chosen, topical examples including responses to climate change, biomass and bio fuels, loss of plant biodiversity and genetic modification of crop plants. Text boxes, many of which illustrate particular aspects of how humans make use of plants, are included throughout the text and a comprehensive glossary will prove invaluable to those coming to the subject from other area of life science. - A modern integration of whole plant and molecular approaches. - Focuses on the networks of processes and functions within organs and their integration in the whole plant. - Covers generic aspects of plant development. - Beautifully illustrated with full colour illustrations throughout. - Clearly written by two authors with many years of teaching experience. Contents: Preface, ix Acknowledgements, x 1 Origins, Plants what are they?, Back to the beginning, Eukaryotes emerge, Photosynthetic eukaryotes the first 'plants', The greening of Earth plants invade the land, Embracing the terrestrial lifestyle, Arrival of the angiosperms, Sex and the alternation of generations, 11 2 Introduction to Plant Cells, 14
2 2.1 Plant cells, Cell walls, The plasma membrane, Cell compartmentation, Chloroplasts, Mitochondria, The nucleus, The vacuole, Endomembrane systems, Microbodies/peroxisomes, Ribosomes, The cytoskeleton, The mitotic cell cycle, Metabolism, 42 3 Genes, Gene Expression and Development, Genes, Gene expression, Chloroplasts and mitochondria, Control of gene expression switching genes on and off, Molecular aspects of development, Plant hormones, Light receptors, Concluding comments, 92 4 From Embryo to Establishment, Introduction, Embryogenesis, Endosperm, Perisperm, Late embryo growth, storage deposition and desiccation, Seed coat, 'Recalcitrant' seeds, 109
3 4.8 Apomixis, Seeds and fruit, Fruit development and ripening, Dormancy and quiescence, Germination, Establishment, Roots, External morphology of roots, Root anatomy, Root growth, Soil chemistry and water relations, Plant mineral nutrition, Movement of nutrients to the root surface, Absorption of water and nutrients, Mycorrhizae, Root nodules and nitrogen fixation, Tropisms, Gravitropism in roots, Stems, Structure of the stem, The young stem, The shoot apical meristem, Shoot organizational forms, The mature stem, The tallest, largest and oldest plants, Ageing and senescence, Long distance xylem transport, Translocation in the phloem, Biological clocks in plants, Phototropism how do stems curve towards the light?, Gravitropism in stems, Thigmotropism, 161
4 6.14 Nastic movements, Bud dormancy, Leaves, External morphology of leaves, The anatomy of the leaf, Control of leaf growth and development, Photosynthesis, Photorespiration, The photosynthesis/transpiration dilemma, C4 photosynthesis, Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), Sources and sinks, Stomata, Leaf senescence and abscission, Flowers, Introduction, What is a flower?, Organization of flowers and flowering inflorescences and life styles, Formation of flowers, Gametogenesis, Pollination and fertilization, Evolution, Environmental Stresses, Responses to stress, Temperature, Waterlogging, Drought, Salinity, Chemical stress, Light and radiation, Acclimation and Adaptation to Environmental Stresses, 235
5 10.1 Adaptation and acclimation responses, Temperature, Resistance and adaptation to waterlogging, Resistance and adaptation to drought, Resistance and adaptation to salinity, Tolerance and adaptation to toxic metals, Adaptations to light and radiation, Biotic Stresses, Plant/plant competition, Plant/animal interactions, Plant pathology, Plants and the Future, Climate change, Loss of plant biodiversity, Biomass and biofuels derived from plants, Genetically modified crops, Conclusion, 300 Glossary, 302 Index, 309 Ordering: Order Online - Order by Fax - using the form below Order by Post - print the order form below and send to Research and Markets, Guinness Centre, Taylors Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland.
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