Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution

Quentin C.B. Cronk, Richard M. Bateman, Julie A. Hawkins

April 18, 2002 by CRC Press
Reference - 543 Pages
ISBN 9780415257916 - CAT# TF1283
Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes

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  • "Integrates the field of plant developmental genetics with the fields of evolutionary morphogenetics and systematics
  • "Synthesizes for the first time the rapidly growing new discipline of plant evolutionary-developmental genetics ("evo-devo")
  • "Provides lucid explanations that make a demanding subject accessible to both students and professional researchers
  • "Addresses some of evolutionary biology's most enduring and challenging questions using innovative new techniques and genuinely integrative concepts
  • Summary

    A benchmark text, Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution integrates the recent revolution in the molecular-developmental genetics of plants with mainstream evolutionary thought. It reflects the increasing cooperation between strongly genomics-influenced researchers, with their strong grasp of technology, and evolutionary morphogenetists and systematists who are more deeply rooted in comparative biology and patterns of plant evolution.

    The book discusses our increasing understanding of gene function and expression, along with modern phylogenies. It integrates morphological and molecular data to highlight specific key transitions in plant evolution that warrant additional intensive study. Furthermore, it explores increasing knowledge of the physical expression of plant development from disciplines such as anatomy and paleobotany. Rather than focus on the technical aspects of plant genomics, this book provides genuinely integrated explanations of plant evolution.

    The distinguished panel of contributors has succeeded in capturing a demanding subject in an accessible volume for a wide range of professional botanists and students in developmental biology, applied molecular biology, molecular evolution, morphogenesis, organismal botany, and theoretical systematics.