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Introduction to Plant Fossils (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas Introduction to Plant Fossils (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas
R845 Discovery Miles 8 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Plant remains can preserve a critical part of history of life on Earth. While telling the fascinating evolutionary story of plants and vegetation across the last 500 million years, this book also crucially offers non-specialists a practical guide to studying, dealing with and interpreting plant fossils. It shows how various techniques can be used to reveal the secrets of plant fossils and how to identify common types, such as compressions and impressions. Incorporating the concepts of evolutionary floras, this second edition includes revised data on all main plant groups, the latest approaches to naming plant fossils using fossil-taxa and techniques such as tomography. With extensive illustrations of plant fossils and living plants, the book encourages readers to think of fossils as once-living organisms. It is written for students on introductory or intermediate courses in palaeobotany, palaeontology, plant evolutionary biology and plant science, and for amateurs interested in studying plant fossils.

Leaf Optical Properties (Hardcover): Stephane Jacquemoud, Susan Ustin Leaf Optical Properties (Hardcover)
Stephane Jacquemoud, Susan Ustin
R1,608 R1,513 Discovery Miles 15 130 Save R95 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Plant leaves collectively represent the largest above-ground surface area of plant material in virtually all environments. Their optical properties determine where and how energy and gas exchange occurs, which in turn drives the energy budget of the planet, and defines its ecology and habitability. This book reviews the state-of-the-art research on leaf optics. Topics covered include leaf traits, the anatomy and structure of leaves, leaf colour, biophysics and spectroscopy, radiometry, radiative transfer models, and remote and proximal sensing. A physical approach is emphasised throughout, providing the necessary foundations in physics, chemistry and biology to make the context accessible to readers from various subject backgrounds. It is a valuable resource for advanced students, researchers and government agency practitioners in remote sensing, plant physiology, ecology, resource management and conservation.

Plant Behaviour and Intelligence (Paperback): Anthony Trewavas Plant Behaviour and Intelligence (Paperback)
Anthony Trewavas
R880 R834 Discovery Miles 8 340 Save R46 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides a convincing argument for the view that whole cells and whole plants growing in competitive wild conditions show aspects of plant behaviour that can be accurately described as 'intelligent'. Trewavas argues that behaviour, like intelligence, must be assessed within the constraints of the anatomical and physiological framework of the organism in question. The fact that plants do not have centralized nervous systems for example, does not exclude intelligent behaviour. Outside the human dimension, culture is thought largely absent and fitness is the biological property of value. Thus, solving environmental problems that threaten to reduce fitness is another way of viewing intelligent behaviour and has a similar meaning to adaptively variable behaviour. The capacity to solve these problems might be considered to vary in different organisms, but variation does not mean absence. By extending these ideas into a book that allows a critical and amplified discussion, the author hopes to raise an awareness of the concept of purposive behaviour in plants.

Annual Plant Reviews - Root Development (Hardcover, Volume 37): Tom Beeckman Annual Plant Reviews - Root Development (Hardcover, Volume 37)
Tom Beeckman
R3,875 R2,711 Discovery Miles 27 110 Save R1,164 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

"Root Development" is an extremely exciting new title in Blackwell Publishing's Annual Plant Reviews Series (Series Editor Profesor Jeremy Roberts). The book consists of contributions from author groups based at many of the World's formeost laboratories working in the root development area. The book's editor Tom Beeckman, himself very well known and respected for his work in this area, has drawn together an exceptional set of core cutting edge reviews of the subject, providing a state of the art reference tool for all those researching in this area.

Reaching for the Sun - How Plants Work (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): John King Reaching for the Sun - How Plants Work (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
John King
R699 Discovery Miles 6 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From their ability to use energy from sunlight to make their own food, to combating attacks from diseases and predators, plants have evolved an amazing range of life-sustaining strategies. Written with the non-specialist in mind, John King's lively natural history explains how plants function, from how they gain energy and nutrition to how they grow, develop and ultimately die. New to this edition is a section devoted to plants and the environment, exploring how problems created by human activities, such as global warming, pollution of land, water and air, and increasing ocean acidity, are impacting on the lives of plants. King's narrative provides a simple, highly readable introduction, with boxes in each chapter offering additional or more advanced material for readers seeking more detail. He concludes that despite the challenges posed by growing environmental perils, plants will continue to dominate our planet.

Introduction to Plant Fossils (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas Introduction to Plant Fossils (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Christopher J. Cleal, Barry A. Thomas
R2,120 R1,982 Discovery Miles 19 820 Save R138 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Plant remains can preserve a critical part of history of life on Earth. While telling the fascinating evolutionary story of plants and vegetation across the last 500 million years, this book also crucially offers non-specialists a practical guide to studying, dealing with and interpreting plant fossils. It shows how various techniques can be used to reveal the secrets of plant fossils and how to identify common types, such as compressions and impressions. Incorporating the concepts of evolutionary floras, this second edition includes revised data on all main plant groups, the latest approaches to naming plant fossils using fossil-taxa and techniques such as tomography. With extensive illustrations of plant fossils and living plants, the book encourages readers to think of fossils as once-living organisms. It is written for students on introductory or intermediate courses in palaeobotany, palaeontology, plant evolutionary biology and plant science, and for amateurs interested in studying plant fossils.

Osmolytes and Plants Acclimation to Changing Environment: Emerging Omics Technologies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): Noushina... Osmolytes and Plants Acclimation to Changing Environment: Emerging Omics Technologies (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Noushina Iqbal, Rahat Nazar, Nafees A. Khan
R2,940 R2,653 Discovery Miles 26 530 Save R287 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The continual change in climatic conditions induces a series of adaptations in plants to suit the unfavorable conditions for sustainable agriculture. For sustainable agriculture, it is important to unravel the precise mechanism(s) that disturb the homeostatic equilibrium at cellular and molecular level and also to enhance understanding to build strategies for the tolerance of plants. Osmolytes have long been identified as pivotal abiotic stress busters because of their role in plants in overcoming extremely harsh environmental conditions. This edited compilation attempts to put forth the scattered knowledge on osmolytes and their role in abiotic stress tolerance together and disseminate as a package to deal with the problems of lower productivity under stressful environment. It will enhance the understanding on osmolytes function and bioengineering of plants for abiotic stress tolerance. The book covers very interesting topics dealing with various osmolytes and the mechanistic approach for abiotic stress tolerance to pave the path of agricultural scientists, breeders for developing high yielding sustainable transgenic crops.

Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes - Volume 2 (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Parvaiz Ahmad, Mohd Rafiq Wani, Mohamed... Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes - Volume 2 (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Parvaiz Ahmad, Mohd Rafiq Wani, Mohamed Mahgoub Azooz, Lam-Son Phan Tran
R3,474 R3,135 Discovery Miles 31 350 Save R339 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Abiotic stress drastically limits agricultural crop productivity worldwide. Climate change threatens the sustainable agriculture with its rapid and unpredictable effects, making it difficult for agriculturists and farmers to respond to the challenges cropping up from environmental stresses.In light of population growth and climate changes, investment in agriculture is the only way to avert wide scale food shortages. This challenge comes at a time when plant sciences are witnessing remarkable progress in understanding the fundamental processes of plant growth and development. Plant researchershave identifiedgenes controlling different aspects of plant growth and development, but many challenges still exist in creating an apt infrastructure, access to bioinformatics and good crop results. "Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes, Volume2"focuses on many existing opportunities that can be applied methodically through conventional breeding, without touching upon the latest discoveries such as the power of genomics to applied breeding in plant biology.

Written by a diversefaction of internationally famedscholars, this volume adds new horizons in the field of crop improvement, genetic engineering and abiotic stress tolerance. Comprehensive and lavishly illustrated, "Improvement of Crops in the Era of Climatic Changes, Volume2"is a state-of-the-art guide to recent developmentsvis-a-visvarious aspects of plant responses in molecular and biochemical ways to create strong yields and overall crop improvement."

Allelopathy - Current Trends and Future Applications (Hardcover, 2013 ed.): Zahid A. Cheema, Muhammad Farooq, Abdul Wahid Allelopathy - Current Trends and Future Applications (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Zahid A. Cheema, Muhammad Farooq, Abdul Wahid
R5,646 R4,642 Discovery Miles 46 420 Save R1,004 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Allelopathy is an ecological phenomenon by which plants release organic chemicals (allelochemicals) into the environment influencing the growth and survival of other organisms. In this book, leading scientists in the field synthesize latest developments in allelopathy research with a special emphasis on its application in sustainable agriculture. The following topics are highlighted: Ecological implications, such as the role of allelopathy during the invasion of alien plant species; regional experiences with the application of allelopathy in agricultural systems and pest management; the use of microscopy for modeling allelopathy; allelopathy and abiotic stress tolerance; host allelopathy and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi; allelopathic interaction with plant nutrition; and the molecular mechanisms of allelopathy. This book is an invaluable source of information for scientists, teachers and advanced students in the fields of plant physiology, agriculture, ecology, environmental sciences, and molecular biology.

Advances in Crop Environment Interaction (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Santanu Kumar Bal, Joydeep Mukherjee, Burhan Uddin... Advances in Crop Environment Interaction (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Santanu Kumar Bal, Joydeep Mukherjee, Burhan Uddin Choudhury, Ashok Kumar Dhawan
R3,339 R2,589 Discovery Miles 25 890 Save R750 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Agriculture is currently facing multi-faceted threats in the form of unpredictable weather variability, frequent droughts and scarcity of irrigation water, together with the degradation of soil resources and declining environmental health. These stresses result in the modification of plant physiology to impart greater resilience to changing abiotic and biotic environments, but only at the cost of declining plant productivity. In light of these facts, assessing the status of natural resource bases, and understanding the mechanisms of soil-plant-environment interactions so as to devise adaptation and mitigation approaches, represent great and imminent challenges for all of us. In this context, it is essential to understand the potential applications of modern tools, existing coping mechanisms and their integration, as this will allow us to develop suitable advanced mitigation strategies. From a broader perspective, the book deals with crop-environment interaction in the context of changing climatic conditions. To do so, it addresses four major aspects: Understanding the mechanism of carbon dynamics in the soil-plant-environment continuum; greenhouse gas fluxes in agricultural systems; and soil properties influenced by climate change and carbon sequestration processes. Mitigation and management of the photo-thermal environment to improve crop productivity; soil health under variable climate; reducing agro-ecosystem evapotranspiration losses through biophysical controls; and heat stress in field crops and its management. Studying the impact of climate change on biotic environments; insect-pest interactions; manifestations of disease; and adaptation strategies for island agro-ecosystems. Innovative approaches to assess stress impacts in crops, such as crop modeling, remote sensing, spectral stress indices etc. The book presents a collection of contributions from authoritative experts in their respective fields. Offering young researchers new perspectives and future research directions, it represents a valuable guide for graduate students and academics alike.

Plant Stress Biology - From Genomics to Systems Biology (Hardcover): Heribert Hirt Plant Stress Biology - From Genomics to Systems Biology (Hardcover)
Heribert Hirt
R2,122 R1,701 Discovery Miles 17 010 Save R421 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the first book to present a comprehensive and advanced discussion on the latest insights into plant stress biology. Starting with general aspects of biotic as well as abiotic stresses, this handbook and ready reference moves on to focus on topics of stress hormones, technical approaches such as proteomics, transcriptomics and genomics, and their integration into systemic modeling. This book is a valuable resource for researchers as well as professionals not just in plant sciences but also in cell and molecular biology as well as biotechnology.

Physiology and Behaviour of Plants (Paperback): Peter Scott Physiology and Behaviour of Plants (Paperback)
Peter Scott
R1,290 R1,000 Discovery Miles 10 000 Save R290 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

"Physiology and Behaviour of Plants" looks at plants and how they sense and respond to their environment. It takes the traditional plant physiology book into a new dimension by demonstrating how the biochemical observations underlie the behaviour of the plant. In many ways the book parallels courses studied at university on animal physiology and behaviour. The plant has to meet the same challenges as an animal to survive, but overcomes these challenges in very different ways. Students learn to think of plants not only as dynamic organisms, but aggressive, territorial organisms capable of long-range communication.

Hallmark features include: Based on a successful course that the author has run for several years at Sussex University, UKRelates plant biochemistry to plant functionPrinted in four colour throughoutIncludes a wealth of illustrations and photographs that engages the reader's attention and reinforce key concepts explored within the textPresents material in a modern 'topic' based approach, with many relevant and exciting examples to inspire the studentAn accompanying web site will include teaching supplements

This innovative textbook is the ultimate resource for all students in biology, horticulture, forestry and agriculture.

Companion website for this title is available at www.wiley.com/go/scott/plants

Vegetation Dynamics - A Synthesis of Plant Ecophysiology, Remote Sensing and Modelling (Hardcover): Derek Eamus, Alfredo Huete,... Vegetation Dynamics - A Synthesis of Plant Ecophysiology, Remote Sensing and Modelling (Hardcover)
Derek Eamus, Alfredo Huete, Qiang Yu
R1,167 R1,106 Discovery Miles 11 060 Save R61 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Understanding ecosystem structure and function requires familiarity with the techniques, knowledge and concepts of the three disciplines of plant physiology, remote sensing and modelling. This is the first textbook to provide the fundamentals of these three domains in a single volume. It then applies cross-disciplinary insights to multiple case studies in vegetation and landscape science. A key feature of these case studies is an examination of relationships among climate, vegetation structure and vegetation function, to address fundamental research questions. This book is for advanced students and researchers who need to understand and apply knowledge from the disciplines of plant physiology, remote sensing and modelling. It allows readers to integrate and synthesise knowledge to produce a holistic understanding of the structure, function and behaviour of forests, woodlands and grasslands.

Plant Physiology, Development and Metabolism (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Satish C. Bhatla, Manju A. Lal Plant Physiology, Development and Metabolism (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Satish C. Bhatla, Manju A. Lal
R1,754 R1,413 Discovery Miles 14 130 Save R341 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book focuses on the fundamentals of plant physiology for undergraduate and graduate students. It consists of 34 chapters divided into five major units. Unit I discusses the unique mechanisms of water and ion transport, while Unit II describes the various metabolic events essential for plant development that result from plants' ability to capture photons from sunlight, to convert inorganic forms of nutrition to organic forms and to synthesize high energy molecules, such as ATP. Light signal perception and transduction works in perfect coordination with a wide variety of plant growth regulators in regulating various plant developmental processes, and these aspects are explored in Unit III. Unit IV investigates plants' various structural and biochemical adaptive mechanisms to enable them to survive under a wide variety of abiotic stress conditions (salt, temperature, flooding, drought), pathogen and herbivore attack (biotic interactions). Lastly, Unit V addresses the large number of secondary metabolites produced by plants that are medicinally important for mankind and their applications in biotechnology and agriculture. Each topic is supported by illustrations, tables and information boxes, and a glossary of important terms in plant physiology is provided at the end.

Agriculturally Important Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture - Volume 2: Applications in Crop Production and Protection... Agriculturally Important Microbes for Sustainable Agriculture - Volume 2: Applications in Crop Production and Protection (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Vijay Singh Meena
R3,332 R2,966 Discovery Miles 29 660 Save R366 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is a compilation of case studies from different countries and covers contemporary with future prospective for sustainable development of agriculture. The book highlights the real-world as well as future generation situations facing the challenges for the twenty first century will be production of sufficient food and highlights the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, to meet the needs of fast growing population it is imperative to increase agricultural productivity in an environmentally sustainable manner. Due to imbalanced use of chemical fertilizers and agrochemicals has a considerable negative impact on economy and environmental sustainability of nation, for the sustainable alternative means to solve these problems, the efficient utilization of biological agents have been extensively studied. Naturally existing plant-microbe-environment interactions are utilized in many ways for enhancing plant productivity. A greater understanding of how plants and microbes live together and benefit each other can therefore provide new strategies to improve plant productivity, in most sustainable way. To achieve the objective of sustainable agricultural practices there is a need for understanding both basic and applied aspects of agriculturally important microorganisms. Focus needs to be on transforming agricultural systems from nutrient deficient to nutrient rich soil-plant system. This book is split into two parts, with an aim to provide comprehensive description and highlight a holistic approach. It elucidated various mechanisms of nutrients solubilisation and its importance in enhancement of plant growth, nutrient content, yield of various crops and vegetables as well as soil fertility and health. Unit-1 in this book explains the importance of soil microbes in sustainable crop production. It contains chapters detailing the role and mechanism of action of soil microbes which enhances the productivity via various bio-chemical and molecular channe ls. In unit-2 the role of microbes in plant protection is elaborated. With the help of case studies of food crops, multiple ways in which soil microbes help in fighting and preventing plant diseases is explained. With the given content and layout book will be an all-inclusive collection of information, which will be useful for students, academicians, researchers working in the field of rhizospheric mechanisms, agricultural microbiology, soil microbiology, biotechnology, agronomy and sustainable agriculture and also for policy makers in the area of food security and sustainable agriculture.

Blossoms - And the genes that make them (Hardcover): Maxine Singer Blossoms - And the genes that make them (Hardcover)
Maxine Singer 1
R448 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R153 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How do plants, even if still buried underground, know that it's their time to bloom? What signals them to begin the challenging task of making flowers, and how do they make the variety of flower shapes, colours, and scents? What kind of instructions does the plant carry? Flowers enrich the beauty of meadows and gardens, but of course, they are not there simply to please us. Biologically, blossoms form a critical aspect of the reproductive cycle of many plants. In this book, the distinguished scientist Maxine Singer explains what we have pieced together about the genetics behind flowering. She describes in a clear and accessible account the key genes which, regulated by other genes, modulated by epigenetic effects, and responding to environmental cues, cause plants to flower at a particular time, and define the variety of flowers. The remarkably intricate processes involved in making flowers have evolved in nature alongside the pollinating birds and insects that the flowers must attract if there is to be another generation. The processes involved in flowering have only been unravelled in the past twenty years, and the implications for ensuring production of food, including fruits and seeds, are profound. This is cutting-edge science, and we have much still to learn, but the story being revealed that lies behind the flowers in our gardens, parks, and fields is proving astonishing.

Handbook of Seed Physiology - Applications to Agriculture (Hardcover): Roberto L. Benech-Arnold, Rodolfo A. Sanchez Handbook of Seed Physiology - Applications to Agriculture (Hardcover)
Roberto L. Benech-Arnold, Rodolfo A. Sanchez
R1,882 Discovery Miles 18 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The latest findings in seed physiology discussed as they relate to agricultural problems! Presenting the latest findings in the area of seed physiology as well as the practical applications of that knowledge in the field, the Handbook of Seed Physiology: Applications to Agriculture provides a comprehensive view of seed biology and its role in crop performance. Key topics include seed germination, crop emergence, crop establishment, dormancy, preharvest sprouting, plant hormones, abscisic and giberellic acids, weeds, grain quality, oil crops, and malting quality. Abundant case studies provide information of value to researchers, students, and professionals in the fields of seed science, field crop research, crop science, agronomy, and seed technology. The Handbook of Seed Physiology discusses vital topics which serve as the basis for the development of techniques and processes to improve seed performance and crop yield. In this text, you will explore: the effect of the soil physical environment on seed germination the roles of physiology, genetics, and environment in the inception, maintenance, and termination of dormancy the relationship between the termination of dormancy and the synthesis and signaling of gibberellins and abscisic acid mechanisms of orthodox seed deterioration and approaches for repair of seed damage characteristics, behavior, and mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in recalcitrant seeds the role of seed moisture in free radical assaults on seeds and the protective function of raffinose oligosaccharides the production of free radicals and their effect on lipids and lipid peroxidation components of grain quality in oil crops and factors influencing them structural components and genotypic and environmental factors affecting barley malting quality In addition to the latest scientific information in the area of seed physiology, this text provides insights into practical applications of that knowledge through the description of: screening protocols for germination tolerance to temperature and water stress methods for improving seed performance in the field techniques for controlling preharvest sprouting of cereals breeding and production strategies for improving grain quality population-based threshold models in the prediction of germination and emergence patterns modeling changes in dormancy to predict weed emergence Extensive reference sections accompanying each chapter include both foundation texts and current research. Principles and concepts discussed in the text are elaborated upon through equations, figures, and tables covering such topics as water and soil thermal regimes; seed water potential; temperature and water effects on germination; free radical attack; and molecular structures. Exploring concepts, techniques, and processes related to seed germination and crop establishment, this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind reference is an indispensable tool for seed scientists and agricultural professionals. Add it to your library today and put seed physiology research to work in establishing high-quality "next crops"!

Vetiveria - The Genus Vetiveria (Hardcover): Massimo Maffei Vetiveria - The Genus Vetiveria (Hardcover)
Massimo Maffei
R2,546 Discovery Miles 25 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


The genus Vetiveria is one of the most versatile genera in plant species. The species Vetiveria Zizanoides produces oderous roots from which a precious essential oil is distilled and used in a variety of applications from perfumery to ethnopharmacology. The same roots give the plant particular characteristics that make it a valuable natural barrier against erosion. Vetiveria: The Genus Vetiveria describes the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, essential oil biogenesis and chemical composition, ethnopharmacology and distillation, as well as the production of plants for oil exploration and for the use of Vetiver as an ecological tool against erosion, flood, soil pollution and many other applications.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203218736

Cyanidioschyzon merolae - A New Model Eukaryote for Cell and Organelle Biology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa,... Cyanidioschyzon merolae - A New Model Eukaryote for Cell and Organelle Biology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Shinya Miyagishima, Sachihiro Matsunaga, Naoki Sato, Hisayoshi Nozaki, …
R3,768 R2,965 Discovery Miles 29 650 Save R803 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive book highlights the importance of Cyanidioschyzon merolae (C. merolae), an ultrasmall unicellular red alga, as a model eukaryote organism. The chapters introduce recent studies on C. merolae, from culture, synchronization and isolation methods of nucleic acids, proteins and organelles for molecular biological and cytological analyses, as well as its application in genetic engineering of environmental-stress-tolerant crops and oil production. In addition to discussing recent advances based on the complete genome information and molecular biological techniques such as genetic modifications and bioinformatics, the book includes visualization aids demonstrating that both classical and recent imaging techniques of fluorescent and electron microscopy can be applied to analyses of C. merolae. This publication offers a definitive resource for both beginners and professionals studying C. merolae, particularly in the field of molecular biology, evolutionary biology, morphology, biochemistry and cell biology, as well as those interested in its applications in medical sciences and agriculture.

Differentially Expressed Genes In Plants - A Bench Manual (Hardcover): Axel Kornerup Hansen Differentially Expressed Genes In Plants - A Bench Manual (Hardcover)
Axel Kornerup Hansen
R2,122 Discovery Miles 21 220 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The analysis of changes in gene activity in tissues and cells of plants is an important way of measuring developmental and environmental responses. This is achieved by identifying, isolating, and analyzing the genes responsible for these changes, and assessing their degree of genetic expression in relation to other cells and tissues within each plant. This book, designed as a manual, provides detailed accounts of new and established techniques used to carry out these analyses, as well as a section on trouble-shooting.

Survival Strategies in Extreme Cold and Desiccation - Adaptation Mechanisms and Their Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018):... Survival Strategies in Extreme Cold and Desiccation - Adaptation Mechanisms and Their Applications (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Mari Iwaya-Inoue, Minoru Sakurai, Matsuo Uemura
R3,573 R2,797 Discovery Miles 27 970 Save R776 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book comprehensively describes biological phenomena, adaptation mechanisms, and strategies of living organisms to survive under extremely cold or desiccated conditions at molecular, cellular, and organ levels. It also provides tremendous potential for applications of the findings to a wide variety of industries. The volume consists of three parts: Part 1, Adaptation Mechanisms of Cold, and Part 2, Adaptation Mechanisms of Desiccation, collect up-to-date research on mechanisms and strategies of living organisms such as sleeping chironomids, polar marine fishes, hibernating mammals, bryophytes, dormant seeds, and boreal plants to survive under extreme cold and desiccated conditions at molecular, cellular, and organ levels. Part 3, Application Technologies from Laboratory to Society, covers various applications to a wide variety of industries such as the medical, food, and agricultural and life science industries. For example, biological knowledge of how plants and animals survive under cold, drought, and desiccated conditions may provide a hint on how we can improve crop production in a very fragile environment in global climate change. Unique molecules that protect cells during desiccation and freezing such as trehalose and antifreeze protein (AFP) have potential for use to preserve cells, tissues, and organs for the long term under very stable conditions. In addition, the current progress of supercooling technology of cells may lead us to solve problems of cellular high sensitivity to freezing injury, which will dramatically improve the usability of these cells. Furthermore, knowledge of water substitution and glass formation as major mechanisms for formulation designs and new drying technologies will contribute to the development of food preservation and drug delivery systems under dry conditions. Written by contributors who have been conducting cutting-edge science in related fields, this title is recommended to a wide variety of readers who are interested in learning from such organisms their strategies, mechanisms, and applications, and it will inspire researchers in various disciplines.

Handbook of Environmental Physiology of Fruit Crops (Hardcover, 2nd): Bruce Schaffer, P.C. Andersen Handbook of Environmental Physiology of Fruit Crops (Hardcover, 2nd)
Bruce Schaffer, P.C. Andersen
R3,183 Discovery Miles 31 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

These exciting new companion handbooks are the only ones of their kind devoted solely to the effects of environmental variables on the physiology of the world's major fruit and nut crops. Their cosmopolitan scope includes chapters on tropical and temperate zone species written by scientists from several continents. The influence of environmental factors, such as irradiance, temperature, water and salinity on plant physiology and on vegetative and reproductive growth, is comprehensively discussed for each crop. In addition to being a thorough and up-to-date set of textbooks, the organzation of the two volumes makes them an excellent reference tool. Each chapter focuses on a single crop, or a group of genetically or horticulturally related crop, and is appropriately divided into subsections that address individual environmental factors. Some chapters emphasize whole-plant physiology and plant growth and development, while other chapters feature theoretical aspects of plant physiology. Several chapters provide botanical background discussions to enhance understanding of the crop's response to its environment.

Plant Genome Analysis - Current Topics in Plant Molecular Biology (Hardcover): Peter M. Gresshoff Plant Genome Analysis - Current Topics in Plant Molecular Biology (Hardcover)
Peter M. Gresshoff
R3,802 Discovery Miles 38 020 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Plant Genome Analysis presents outstanding analyses of technologies, as well as explanations of molecular technology as it pertains to agriculture. Advances in genome analysis, including DNA amplification (DAF and RAPD) markers, RFLPs, and microsatellites are reviewed by accomplished scientists, many of whom are the developers of the technique. Articles by patent lawyers experienced in plant biotechnology present the legal viewpoint.
Chapters focus on special elements of genome analysis, such as the:
use of antisense technology
investigation of telomeres
production of plant YACs
importance of cell cycle genes in plants.
Other chapters focus on specialized topics of genome analysis. These include a description of antisense technology in the study of photosynthesis and a comprehensive review of the characterization and isolation of plant telomere, including their use in varietal discrimination. A detailed anaysis of cytoplasmic male sterility in the french bean that focuses on the mitochondrial genome is described. The book provides a chapter on the production of yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) carrying soybean DNA. Genes of the cell cycle in plants and their importance in developmental processes are presented, as well as detailed chapters on the molecular mapping of trees (apples and pines), and nodulation-related genes in legumes. A comprehensive index and a complete glossary are included.

Cytochrome Complexes: Evolution, Structures, Energy Transduction, and Signaling (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016): William A. Cramer,... Cytochrome Complexes: Evolution, Structures, Energy Transduction, and Signaling (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
William A. Cramer, Toivo Kallas
R6,249 R5,546 Discovery Miles 55 460 Save R703 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An Introduction that describes the origin of cytochrome notation also connects to the history of the field, focusing on research in England in the pre-World War II era. The start of the modern era of studies on structure-function of cytochromes and energy-transducing membrane proteins was marked by the 1988 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, given to J. Deisenhofer, H. Michel, and R. Huber for determination of the crystal structure of the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center. An ab initio logic of presentation in the book discusses the evolution of cytochromes and hemes, followed by theoretical perspectives on electron transfer in proteins and specifically in cytochromes. There is an extensive description of the molecular structures of cytochromes and cytochrome complexes from eukaryotic and prokaryotic sources, bacterial, plant and animal. The presentation of atomic structure information has a major role in these discussions, and makes an important contribution to the broad field of membrane protein structure-function.

Advances in Plant & Microbial Biotechnology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Rita Kundu, Rajiv Narula Advances in Plant & Microbial Biotechnology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Rita Kundu, Rajiv Narula
R2,867 R2,169 Discovery Miles 21 690 Save R698 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Biotechnology refers to the use or manipulation of an organism or parts of an organism. While the early applications were certainly simpler (though still relevant), modern plant biotechnology is primarily associated with molecular biology, cloning and genetic engineering. Over the last 50 years, several key discoveries have revolutionized the biological sciences and enabled the rapid growth of the biotechnology industry. This book gathers handpicked articles presented by national and international scientists at the International Conference on Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, BIOSPECTRUM 2017. It highlights the works of researchers and students in India and abroad on plant biotechnology and its applications in addressing various agricultural and food production-related issues. The respective papers explore a range of advances in plant biotechnology, e.g.: the cytotoxic potential of Moringaoleifera lam; the use of the entomo-pathogenic fungi Cordyceps sp. as unique and valuable sources of bioactive compounds; and strain improvement strategies for Cordyceps sp. In addition, they discuss the use of low-cost blue green algal biofertilizer comprising four blue green algal strains in rice fields; and the use of lignocellulosic materials as potential renewable energy resources for the production of fuels. This book will be extremely useful for researchers and students of biotechnology and plant science, providing an essential update on the latest findings and trends.

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