"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
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.
Table of Contents
Perspectives and Paradigms in Plant Evo-Devo
Impact of Transposons on Plant Genomes
Evolutionary Developmental Biology: Impact on Systematic Theory and Practice, and the Contribution of Systematics
Transference of Function, Heterotopy and The Evolution of Plant Development
Are Macroevolution and Microevolution Qualitatively Different? Evidence from Poaceae and Other Families
The Mostly Male Theory of Flower Origins: Summary and Update Regarding the Jurassic Pteridosperm Pteroma
Generating and Filtering Major Phenotypic Novelties: NeoGoldschmidtian Saltation Revisited
Evolution of Adaptive Petal Cell Morphology
How the Land Plants Learned their Floral ABCs: The Role of MADS-box Genes in the Evolutionary Origin of Flowers
Orchid Flowers: Evolution and Molecular Development
Involvement of Non-ABC MADS-box Genes in Determining Stamen and Carpel Identity in Gerbera hybrida (Asteraceae)
Making Rays in the Asteraceae: Genetics and Ecolution of Radiate Versus Discoid Flower Heads
Role of TCP Genes in the Evolution of Morphological Characters in Angiosperms
Floral Diversity and Evolution in the Solanaceae
Integrating Phylogeny, Developmental Morphology and Genetics: A Case Study of Inflorescence Evolution in the 'Bristle Grass' Clade (Panicoideae: Poaceae)
Identification of Genes Involved in Evolutionary Diversification of Leaf Morphology
Evolution of Vascular Plant Body Plans: A Phylogenetic Perspective
The Telome Theory
A Developmental Perspective on the Evolution of Leaves
An Overview of Seed Plant Leaf Evolution
Comparative Developmental and Molecular Genetic Aspects of Leaf Dissection
Developmental Signals Regulating Leaf Form
Evolutionary History of the Monocot Leaf
Diatoms: The Evolution of Morphogenetic Complexity in Single-Celled Plants
Identifying the Genetic Causes of Phenotypic Evolution: A Review of Experimental Strategies
"Collectively, the chapters in this symposium volume from the Systematics Association present a vibrant view of this growing field…Developmental Genetics and Plant Evolution brings together a variety of approaches and systems where we are beginning to glean some of the answers…the book does a good job in highlighting the evo-devo potential of many plant systems"
Vivian F. Irish, Science, vol. 298, December 2002
"The book has clear figures and line drawings and several colorful plates of all manner of morphological variation. There are two useful indices of subject terms and taxon names. The provision of a glossary is an excellent idea to help bridge disciplinary gap…A book of this sort should help to keep the dialogue going between developmentalists and evolutionists…I think all players in this game can learn from the diverse and interesting perspective and approaches presented."
R. Geeta, American Journal of Botany, 2003