The Genetic Basis of Plant Physiological Processes

Hardcover | April 1, 1995

byJohn King

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Plant molecular biology is rapidly becoming an important and successful component of the worldwide research challenge to apply basic biochemical, physiological and genetic techniques for the improvement of agricultural crops. This book shows how the study of fundamental plant physiologicalprocesses is being advanced through the science of genetics. The author has adopted a case study approach to illustrate how defined genetic materials in mutants and plant variants are being productively used to explore photosynthesis, stress tolerance, seed physiology, and flowering andreproductive morphology. This approach also helps avoid overwhelming readers who might be unfamiliar with the enormous detail now available in this burgeoning field. The case studies cover all major fields of plant physiology and are grouped in a format familiar to students of the discipline. Mosttake the form of a brief introduction followed by a discussion of the isolation and characterization of the mutants in question, and then by examples of how these mutants have been used to provide physiological insights. The aim is to make the information accessible to students with an elementaryknowledge of plant physiology, genetics, and molecular biology, as well as other scientists and students who wish to know more about the application of the powerful tools provided by genetics.

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Plant molecular biology is rapidly becoming an important and successful component of the worldwide research challenge to apply basic biochemical, physiological and genetic techniques for the improvement of agricultural crops. This book shows how the study of fundamental plant physiologicalprocesses is being advanced through the scienc...

John King is at University of Saskatchewan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195048571

ISBN - 13:9780195048575

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Table of Contents

PART I: Mutants Affecting Plant Nutrition and Metabolism1. Mutants Affecting Water Relations and Mineral Nutrition2. Mutants in Metabolism3. Mutants Affecting the Chloroplast and PhotosynthesisPART II: Mutants Affecting Plant Development4. Mutants Affecting Vegetative Growth and Development5. Mutants Affecting Flower and Fruit Development6. Mutants Affecting Seed Dormancy and Development

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"The coverage is broad, and shows a consistency which would not be found in a collection of reviews of the same scope. The brief introductions to each case study would in themselves make a useful physiology textbook. . . . the book appears to mark the end of a period of research, and not toherald the beginning of a new one. Perhaps this will make it an enduring classic." --Journal of Genetical Research