Originally published in 1990, this text brings together a detailed
review by acknowledged authorities of grass reproductive biology.
Grasses are our most important plants whether for agriculture or
conservation. Essential to contemporary awareness of grasses is an
understanding of their role in sustaining ecologically fragile
environments, and the relative importance of annual and perennial
reproduction is examined here with particular reference to
indigenous dryland grasses marginal to major deserts. Molecular
biology and tissue culture allow us to intervene in reproductive
systems and the issues include a fundamental revision of the
concept of double fertilisation grass pollen in relation to human
allergy and the prospects for developing wheat male sterility. The
book concludes with an overview to assess how far evolution of the
grass is coming under human control.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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