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Root Genomics (Hardcover, 2011 ed.): Antonio Costa De Oliveira, Rajeev Varshney Root Genomics (Hardcover, 2011 ed.)
Antonio Costa De Oliveira, Rajeev Varshney
R4,714 R1,245 Discovery Miles 12 450 Save R3,469 (74%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

With the predicted increase of the human population and the subsequent need for larger food supplies, root health in crop plants could play a major role in providing sustainable highly productive crops that can cope with global climate changes. While the essentiality of roots and their relation to plant performance is broadly recognized, less is known about their role in plant growth and development. Root Genomics examines how various new genomic technologies are rapidly being applied to the study of roots, including high-throughput sequencing and genotyping, TILLING, transcription factor analysis, comparative genomics, gene discovery and transcriptional profiling, post-transcriptional events regulating microRNAs, proteome profiling and the use of molecular markers such as SSRs, DArTs, and SNPs for QTL analyses and the identification of superior genes/alleles. The book also covers topics such as the molecular breeding of crops in problematic soils and the responses of roots to a variety of stresses.

Brassinosteroids: A Class of Plant Hormone (Hardcover, Edition.): Shamsul Hayat, Aqil Ahmad Brassinosteroids: A Class of Plant Hormone (Hardcover, Edition.)
Shamsul Hayat, Aqil Ahmad
R6,020 Discovery Miles 60 200 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The entire range of the developmental processes in plants is regulated by a shift in the hormonal concentration, tissue sensitivity and their interaction with the factors operating around them. Out of the recognized hormones, attention has largely been focused on five - Auxins, Gibberellins, Cytokinin, Abscisic acid and Ethylene. However, the information about the most recent group of phytohormone (Brassinosteroids) has been incorporated in this book. This volume includes a selection of newly written, integrated, illustrated reviews describing our knowledge of Brassinosteroids and aims to describe them at the present time. Various chapters incorporate both theoretical and practical aspects and may serve as baseline information for future researches through which significant developments are possible. This book will be useful to the students, teachers and researchers, both in universities and research institutes, especially in relation to biological and agricultural sciences.

Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products (Hardcover, 2010 Ed.): Peter N. Mascia, Jurgen... Plant Biotechnology for Sustainable Production of Energy and Co-products (Hardcover, 2010 Ed.)
Peter N. Mascia, Jurgen Scheffran, Jack M. Widholm
R5,394 Discovery Miles 53 940 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book is a collection of chapters concerning the use of biomass for the sustainable production of energy and chemicals-an important goal that will help decrease the production of greenhouse gases to help mitigate global warming, provide energy security in the face of dwindling petroleum reserves, improve balance of payment problems and spur local economic development. Clearly there are ways to save energy that need to be encouraged more. These include more use of energy sources such as, among others, manure in anaerobic digesters, waste wood in forests as fuel or feedstock for cellulosic ethanol, and conservation reserve program (CRP) land crops that are presently unused in the US. The use of biofuels is not new; Rudolf Diesel used peanut oil as fuel in the ?rst engines he developed (Chap. 8), and ethanol was used in the early 1900s in the US as automobile fuel [Songstad et al. (2009) Historical perspective of biofuels: learning from the past to rediscover the future. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Plant 45:189-192). Brazil now produces enough sugar cane ethanol to make up about 50% of its transportation fuel needs (Chap. 4). The next big thing will be cellulosic ethanol. At present, there is also the use of Miscanthus x giganteous as fuel for power plants in the UK (Chap. 2), bagasse (sugar cane waste) to power sugar cane mills (Chap. 4), and waste wood and sawdust to power sawmills (Chap. 7).

FNA: Volume 12: Magnoliophyta: Vitaceae to Garryaceae (Hardcover): Flora Of North America Ed Committee FNA: Volume 12: Magnoliophyta: Vitaceae to Garryaceae (Hardcover)
Flora Of North America Ed Committee
R1,748 Discovery Miles 17 480 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Flora of North America North of Mexico Volume 12 - Magnoliophyta: Vitaceae to Garryaceae - includes treatments prepared by 53 authors covering 765 species in 122 genera classified in 29 families. Among the families treated in this volume, the largest are Euphorbiaceae (259 species), Rhamnaceae (105), Loasaceae (94), Linaceae (52), Oxalidaceae (36), Celastraceae (34), Vitaceae (30), Hydrangeaceae (25), Phyllanthaceae (23), and Cornaceae (20). Descriptions for all of the families, genera, and species (plus infraspecies, if recognized) are provided plus occurrence maps for species and infraspecies are included with more than 27% of the species illustrated. Keys are included to aid in the identification of genera in families and species plus infraspecies within the genera. Volume 12 is the twentieth volume to be published in the planned 30-volume Flora of North America North of Mexico series.

Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses (Hardcover, 2010 Ed.): Beat Boller, Ulrich K. Posselt, Fabio Veronesi Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses (Hardcover, 2010 Ed.)
Beat Boller, Ulrich K. Posselt, Fabio Veronesi
R8,114 Discovery Miles 81 140 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Grassland farming in Europe was already established during the settlement of the rst farmers together with their domesticated animals after the last ice age. Since then, grassland provides the forage basis to feed ruminant animals for the p- duction of meat and milk. Depending on the ecological conditions and intensity of usage, various plant communities with different species developed, displaying a rich biodiversity. With the introduction of improved crop rotations at the end of the 16th century, grasses and legumes were also grown to an important extent as forage crops on arable land. In the last decades the importance of amenity grasses increased markedly, due to the demand of the society for new usages like landscape protection. Around 1900 interested farmers and academics identi ed the need for gra- land improvement through systematic selection and seed production. This marks the beginning of breeding and research in companies but also at universities and specialized research institutes. Plant collection started with many of the species that are still of importance today. The collected materials were grouped according to the intended use and some type of phenotypic selection was applied. Seed mul- plication of such populations was performed in pure stands and the harvested seed was marketed. Although the vegetative biomass and its quality are of utmost imp- tance in forage crop breeding, it is the seed yield potential which determines the commercial success of a new variety.

Plant Breeding (Hardcover, New): Niko Huttunen, Taavi Sinisalo Plant Breeding (Hardcover, New)
Niko Huttunen, Taavi Sinisalo
R4,778 Discovery Miles 47 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Plant breeding is the art and science of changing the genetics of plants for the benefit of humankind. A major goal of plant breeders is to select genotypes with stable and high performing phenotypes across environments. However, a selected genotype often performs differently across environments. This book presents a comprehensive review of various stability analysis methods and their application in plant breeding for selection of stable and high performing genotypes. Additionally, efficient methods to produce doubled haploid plants and to provide embryogenic suitable haploid cells systems are needed for future genetic manipulations and breeding in bread and durum wheat. This book describes a new stress in durum wheat, for its effectiveness to induce embryogenesis and regeneration plants. Along with its implications for plant selection, the methods used for dose-response variation are also explored, as well as the relationship between genetic variation and changes in dose-response behaviour. Other chapters in this book discuss the breeding strategy of self-incompatibility, an evolutionary force to preserve genetic variability in plants, the pros and cons of marker-assisted selection (MAS) breeding along with its future prospects, and the use of Joint Regression Analysis (JRA) in the management of plant breeding programs.

Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement - 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2009): Shri Mohan Jain, D.S. Brar Molecular Techniques in Crop Improvement - 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2009)
Shri Mohan Jain, D.S. Brar
R7,099 Discovery Miles 70 990 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book provides comprehensive information on the latest tools and techniques of molecular genetics and their applications in crop improvement. It thoroughly discusses advanced techniques used in molecular markers, QTL mapping, marker-assisted breeding, and molecular cytogenetics.

Invasion Success by Plant Breeding 2009 - Evolutionary Changes as a Critical Factor for the Invasion of the Ornamental Plant... Invasion Success by Plant Breeding 2009 - Evolutionary Changes as a Critical Factor for the Invasion of the Ornamental Plant Mahonia Aquifolium (Paperback, 2009 ed.)
Christel Ross
R2,572 Discovery Miles 25 720 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Christel Ross investigates whether evolutionary changes by plant breeding are an important factor for the invasion success of Mahonia aquifolium in Germany. Her findings show that invasive populations differ from native populations in quantitative-genetic traits and molecular markers, whereas their genetic diversity is similar. She postulates that these evolutionary changes are rather a result of plant breeding, which includes interspecific hybridisation, than the result of a genetic bottleneck or the releases from specialist herbivores.

Functional Organization of the Plant Nucleus (Hardcover, 2009 ed.): Iris Meier Functional Organization of the Plant Nucleus (Hardcover, 2009 ed.)
Iris Meier
R4,277 R1,125 Discovery Miles 11 250 Save R3,152 (74%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In a presentation to the Linnean Society of London in November 1831, the Scottish botanist Robert Brown (perhaps better known for his discovery of Brownian motion) mentioned almost as an afterthought that in orchid epidermal cells, a single "circular areola" could be seen, a "nucleus of the cell as perhaps it might be termed." Thus, the term "nucleus" (from Latin nucleus or nuculeus, "little nut" or kernel) was born for the compartment of the eukaryotic cell that contains the maj- ity of genetic information. One hundred and seventy-seven years later, we know that the nucleus is the site where genetic information is stored in the form of DNA, and where it is protected from damage, duplicated, divided, recombined, repaired, and "expressed." For the latter, the genetic information is faithfully transcribed from DNA to RNA, then released from the nucleus into the surrounding cytoplasm. Most likely translated into polypeptide chains, the information re-enters the nucleus in the form of diverse proteins that function in the processes listed above.

Selection Methods in Plant Breeding (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2008): Izak Bos, Peter Caligari Selection Methods in Plant Breeding (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2008)
Izak Bos, Peter Caligari
R6,003 Discovery Miles 60 030 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Written for plant breeders, researchers and post-graduate students, this book provides a comprehensive review of the methods and underlying theoretical foundations used for selection in plant breeding programmes. The authors review basic elements of population and quantitative genetic theory, and consider in a unique way the tackling of the problems presented by soil heterogeneity and intergenotypic competition when selecting quantitative characters. The efficacy of different methods with regard to developing new varieties of crops are discussed for different modes of reproduction. This work provides a sound basis for informed decision making within the process of a selection programme.

A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica (Paperback): Margaret Gargiullo, Larry Kimball, Barbara Magnuson A Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica (Paperback)
Margaret Gargiullo, Larry Kimball, Barbara Magnuson
R917 R763 Discovery Miles 7 630 Save R154 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

At the biological crossroads of the Americas, Costa Rica hosts one of the widest varieties of plants in the wold, with habitats ranging from tidal mangrove swamps, and lowland rainforests, to dry tropical evergreen and deciduous forests.
Field Guide to Plants of Costa Rica is a must-have reference guide for beginner and expert naturalists alike. It provides a thorough survey of more than 850 plant species, each entry accompanied by color photos and a concise yet detailed narrative description. Plants are conveniently grouped by the different types of vegetation: palms, tall trees, shrubs, woody vines, herbaceous vines, herbs, grasses and ferns. Along with 1400 color photographs, the guide also includes an illustrated glossary of plant parts, five maps of Costa Rica, and laminated covers for durability in the field. With so much readily accessible information, this book is essential for exploring Costa Rica's common and conspicuous flora from the plants growing along the roadside to the best natural parks.

Plant Breeding Reviews (Hardcover, Volume 12): Jules Janick Plant Breeding Reviews (Hardcover, Volume 12)
Jules Janick
R7,082 R4,886 Discovery Miles 48 860 Save R2,196 (31%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Plant Breeding Reviews presents state-of-the-art reviews on plant genetics and the breeding of all types of crops by both traditional means and molecular methods. Many of the crops widely grown today stem from a very narrow genetic base; understanding and preserving crop genetic resources is vital to the security of food systems worldwide. The emphasis of the series is on methodology, a fundamental understanding of crop genetics, and applications to major crops. It is a serial title that appears in the form of one or two volumes per year.

Quest for the Black Rose (Hardcover): Ingrid Verdegem, Anne-sophie Rondeau Quest for the Black Rose (Hardcover)
Ingrid Verdegem, Anne-sophie Rondeau
R920 R782 Discovery Miles 7 820 Save R138 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Botanists are on the case, trying to solve the mystery of the black rose: does it exist? Has it ever? It seems that the only solid fact surrounding this flower is that people have been searching for it for centuries--and are still searching today. The first references to extremely dark red roses were made in early botanist literature, and at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth century, drawings of such roses were widely circulated. And, according to a spokesman of the Flowers and Plants Association, "Black flowers were beloved of the art nouveau designers at the previous turn of the century. Victorians and Edwardians at the cutting edge of fashion collected them, going to great lengths to track down exotic species." Today, the desire for unique blooms continues, prompting environmental consultant James Reynolds to write in March 2005: "Those looking for a riot of color at this year's flower shows are in for disappointment: black is back and this time it is set to take a hold over the nation's gardens. Just as floral prints have been banished from the house in favor of muted tones and minimalism, so the same is set to happen in our gardens and parks, with black flowers now the must-have item." Through extensive and detailed research, "The Quest for the Black Rose" presents the complete story of the elusive flower--from the oldest historical drawings up to the most recent developments. This publication, with its stunning photography, is sure to be treasured by any rose lover... or anyone intrigued by a good mystery.

Genetic Enhancement in Major Food Legumes - Advances in Major Food Legumes (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021): Kul Bhushan Saxena,... Genetic Enhancement in Major Food Legumes - Advances in Major Food Legumes (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2021)
Kul Bhushan Saxena, Rachit K. Saxena, Rajeev K Varshney
R2,678 Discovery Miles 26 780 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The protein molecule is the basic building block of every living entity. Its deficiency leads to restricted growth and development of individuals. Globally, such malnutrition is on the rise due to various reasons such as rapid population growth, stagnation of productivity, and ever-rising costs. Millions of people, especially in developing and under-developed countries, suffer from protein malnutrition and the only possible solution is to encourage farmers to grow high-protein food legume crops in their fields for domestic consumption. This, however, could be possible if farmers are provided with new cultivars with high yield, and resistance to major insects, diseases, and key abiotic stresses. The major food legume crops are chickpea, cowpea, common bean, groundnut, lentil, pigeonpea, and soybean. Predominantly, the legume crops are grown under a subsistence level and, therefore, in comparison to cereals and horticultural crops their productivity is low and highly variable. The crop breeders around the globe are engaged in breeding suitable cultivars for harsh and changing environments but success has been limited and not up to needs. With the recent development of new technologies in plant sciences, efforts are being made to help under-privileged farmers through breeding new cultivars which will produce more protein per unit of land area. In this book, the contributors analyze the constraints, review new technologies, and propose a future course of crop breeding programs in seven cold and warm season legume crops.

Wheat in a Global Environment - Proceedings of the 6th International Wheat Conference, 5-9 June 2000, Budapest, Hungary... Wheat in a Global Environment - Proceedings of the 6th International Wheat Conference, 5-9 June 2000, Budapest, Hungary (Hardcover, Reprinted from EUPHYTICA, 2001)
Z. Bedo, L. Lang
R8,833 Discovery Miles 88 330 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Wheat breeders have achieved significant results over the last fifty years in research on mankind's one of the most important crops. Classical genetic and breeding methods, far broader international cooperation than was experienced in earlier periods, and improvements in agronomic techniques have led to previously unimaginable development in the utilisation of wheat for human consumption. The contribution of wheat researchers is particularly noteworthy since these results have been achieved at a time when the world population has grown extremely dynamically. Despite this demographic explosion, of a proportion never previously experienced, thousands of millions of people have been saved from starvation, thus avoiding unpredictable social consequences and situations irreconcilable with human dignity. Despite these developments in many regions of the world food supplies are still uncertain and the increase in the world's wheat production has not kept pace with the population increase during the last decade. Due to the evils of civilisation and the pollution of the environment there is a constant decline in the per capita area of land suitable for agricultural production. Based on population estimates for 2030, the present wheat yield of around 600 million tonnes will have to be increased to almost 1000 million tonnes if food supplies are to be maintained at the present level.

Somatic Hybridization in Crop Improvement II (Hardcover, 2001 ed.): Toshiyuki Nagata, Y.P.S. Bajaj Somatic Hybridization in Crop Improvement II (Hardcover, 2001 ed.)
Toshiyuki Nagata, Y.P.S. Bajaj
R5,998 Discovery Miles 59 980 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Somatic hybrids through the fusion of plant protoplasts have widened the genetic variability of cultivated plants. As "Somatic Hybridization in Crop Improvement I", published in 1994, this volume describes how this discipline can contribute to the improvement of crops. It comprises 24 chapters dealing with interspecific and intergeneric somatic hybridization and cybridization. It is divided into four sections:I. Cereals: Barley, rice, and wheat.II. Vegetables and Fruits: Arabidopsis, Asparagus, Brassica, chicory, Citrus, Cucumis, Diospyros, Ipomoea, and various Solanaceous species, e.g., tomato, potato, and eggplant.III. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants: Atropa, Dianthus, Nicotiana, and Senecio.IV. Legumes/Pasture Crops: Alfalfa.This book is tailored to the needs of advanced students, teachers and researchers in the fields of plant breeding, genetic engineering, and plant tissue culture.

Molecular Breeding of Forage Crops - Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Molecular Breeding of Forage Crops, Lorne... Molecular Breeding of Forage Crops - Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium, Molecular Breeding of Forage Crops, Lorne and Hamilton, Victoria, Australia, November 19-24, 2000 (Hardcover, 2001 ed.)
German Spangenberg
R8,066 Discovery Miles 80 660 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Forage plant breeding has entered the genome era. This timely book reviews the latest advances in the development and application of molecular technologies which supplement conventional breeding efforts for our major forage crops. It describes the plethora of new technologies and tools now available for high-throughput gene discovery, genome-wide gene expression analysis, production of transgenic plants, genome analysis and marker-assisted selection as applied to forage plants. Detailed accounts are presented of current and future opportunities for innovative applications of these molecular tools and technologies in the identification, functional characterisation, and use of valuable genes in forage production systems and beyond. This book represents a valuable resource for plant breeders, geneticists, and molecular biologists, and will be of particular relevance to advanced undergraduates, postgraduates, and researchers with an interest in forage legumes and grasses.

Pollen and Pollination (Hardcover, 2000 ed.): Amots Dafni, Michael Hesse, Ettore Pacini Pollen and Pollination (Hardcover, 2000 ed.)
Amots Dafni, Michael Hesse, Ettore Pacini
R5,578 R3,172 Discovery Miles 31 720 Save R2,406 (43%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The identification of pollen is widely used in the reconstruction of vegetation, the climate of the past, and plant biodiversity. Studies concerning pollen structure, size, and form are key issues in basic sciences as plant taxonomy and evolution. But they also play an important role in applied fields as plant breeding. In pollination studies pollen is generally used to identify food sources of visitors and to reconstruct their foraging routes. The 16 papers in this volume consider the functional ecology of pollen in relation to its structure and constituents as a framework towards a better understanding of evolutionary processes that mold pollination biology. They can be roughly classified into three main topics: pollen structure and constituents, pollen evolutionary ecology, and the pollen-pollinator interface. Floral reward, such as pollen and nectar, are only one aspect of the multidimensional pollination caleidoscope. Other aspects include the various mechanisms in distributing or collecting pollen, the question of pollen longevity, or the convergence of evolution in angiosperm pollination.

Ornamental Crops (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Johan Van Huylenbroeck Ornamental Crops (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Johan Van Huylenbroeck
R5,590 Discovery Miles 55 900 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Ornamental plants are economically important worldwide. Both growers and consumers ask continuously for new, improved varieties. Although there are numerous ornamental species, ornamental plant breeding and plant breeding research is mainly limited to some major species. This book focuses on the recent advances and achievements in ornamental plant breeding. The first part of the book focuses on plant traits and breeding techniques that are typical for ornamental plants. Eminent research groups write these general chapters. For plant traits like flower colour or shape, breeding for disease resistance and vase or shelf life are reviewed. General technical plant breeding chapters deal with mutation breeding, polyploidisation, in vitro breeding techniques and new developments in molecular techniques. The second part of the book consists of crop-specific chapters. Here all economically major ornamental species are handled together with selected representative species from different plant groups (cut flowers, pot plants, woody ornamental plants). In these crop-specific chapters, the main focus is on recent scientific achievements over the last decade.

Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene II (Hardcover, 1999 ed.): A.K. Kanellis, C.C. Hang, H.K. Lee, A.B.... Biology and Biotechnology of the Plant Hormone Ethylene II (Hardcover, 1999 ed.)
A.K. Kanellis, C.C. Hang, H.K. Lee, A.B. Bleecker, J.C. Pech, …
R6,170 Discovery Miles 61 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The inflorescence of the monoecious maize plant is unique among the Gramineae in the sharp separation of the male and female structures. The male tassel at the terminus of the plant most often sheds pollen before the visual appearance of the receptive silks of th the female ear at a lateral bud, normally at the 10 leaf [I]. Earlier studies examined the ontogeny of the growing tissues beginning with the embryo in the kernel through to the obvious protuberances of the growing point as the kernel germinates. The differentiated developing soon-to-become tassel and the lateral bulges that develop into the ears on the lateral buds become apparent very early in the germinating kernel [2, 3, 46]. A certain number of cells are destined for tassel and ear development [8]. As the plant develops, there is a phase transition [\3, 16] from the vegetative lateral buds to the reproductive lateral buds. This change in phase has been ascribed to genotypic control as evidenced in the differences among different genotypes in the initiation of the reproductive [I]. The genetic control of tassel and ear initiation has been gleaned from anatomical observations. Lejeune and Bernier [I2] found that maize plants terminate the initiation of additional axillary meristems at the time of tassel initiation. This would indicate that the top-most ear shoot is initiated on the same day as the initiation of tassel development and this event signals the end of the undifferentiated growing point.

Biotechnologies of Crop Improvement, Volume 2 - Transgenic Approaches (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Satbir Singh Gosal, Shabir... Biotechnologies of Crop Improvement, Volume 2 - Transgenic Approaches (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Satbir Singh Gosal, Shabir Hussain Wani
R4,305 R3,474 Discovery Miles 34 740 Save R831 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

During the past 15 years, cellular and molecular approaches have emerged as valuable adjuncts to supplement and complement conventional breeding methods for a wide variety of crop plants. Biotechnology increasingly plays a role in the creation, conservation, characterization and utilization of genetic variability for germplasm enhancement. For instance, anther/microspore culture, somaclonal variation, embryo culture and somatic hybridization are being exploited for obtaining incremental improvement in the existing cultivars. In addition, genes that confer insect- and disease-resistance, abiotic stress tolerance, herbicide tolerance and quality traits have been isolated and re-introduced into otherwise sensitive or susceptible species by a variety of transgenic techniques. Together these transformative methodologies grant access to a greater repertoire of genetic diversity as the gene(s) may come from viruses, bacteria, fungi, insects, animals, human beings, unrelated plants or even be artificially derived. Remarkable achievements have been made in the production, characterization, field evaluation and commercialization of transgenic crop varieties worldwide. Likewise, significant advances have been made towards increasing crop yields, improving nutritional quality, enabling crops to be raised under adverse conditions and developing resistance to pests and diseases for sustaining global food and nutritional security. The overarching purpose of this 3-volume work is to summarize the history of crop improvement from a technological perspective but to do so with a forward outlook on further advancement and adaptability to a changing world. Our carefully chosen "case studies of important plant crops" intend to serve a diverse spectrum of audience looking for the right tools to tackle complicated local and global issues.

Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants - Volume 5 (Hardcover, 1999 ed.): S. M. Jain, Pramod P.K. Gupta, R.J. Newton Somatic Embryogenesis in Woody Plants - Volume 5 (Hardcover, 1999 ed.)
S. M. Jain, Pramod P.K. Gupta, R.J. Newton
R6,105 Discovery Miles 61 050 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The quality of human life has been maintained and enhanced for generations by the use of trees and their products. In recent years, ever rising human population growth has put a tremendous pressure on trees and tree products; growing awareness of the potential of previously unexploited tree resources; and environmental pollution have both accelerated the development of new technologies for tree propagation, breeding and improvement. Biotechnology of trees may be the answer to solve the problems which can not be solved by conventional breeding methods. The combination of biotechnology and conventional methods such as plant propagation and breeding could become a novel approach to improving and multiplying a large number of the trees and woody plants. So far, plant tissue culture technology has largely been exploited by commercial companies in propagation of ornamentals, especially foliage house plants. Generally, tissue culture of woody plants has been recalcitrant. However, limited success has been achieved in tissue culture of angiosperm and gymnosperm woody plants. A number of recent reports on somatic embryogenesis in woody plants such as Norway spruce (Picea abies), Loblolly pine (Pinus taeda), Sandalwood (Santalum album), Citrus and mango (Mangifera indica), offer a ray of hope for inexpensive clonal propagation for large-scale production of plants or 'emblings' or somatic seedlings; protoplast work; cryopreservation; genetic transformation; and synthetic or artificial or manufactured seed production.

Gender and Sexual Dimorphism in Flowering Plants (Hardcover, 1999 ed.): Monica A. Geber, Todd E Dawson, Lynda F. Delph Gender and Sexual Dimorphism in Flowering Plants (Hardcover, 1999 ed.)
Monica A. Geber, Todd E Dawson, Lynda F. Delph
R2,768 Discovery Miles 27 680 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Written by the leading experts in the field, this book examines the evolutionary advantages of gender dimorphism - the occurence of two sexual forms - and sexual dimorphism - dimorphism in secondary sex characters - in flowering plants. Gender dimorphism is found in approximately 10% of flowering plant species and has been an active topic of research. By contrast, sexual dimorphism in plants is much less widely appreciated. The book consists of three sections: The first introduces readers to the tremendous variety of breeding systems and their evolution in plants and sets the stage for a consideration of the evolution of dimorphism in reproductive and non-reproductive characters. The second section deals with the evolution of secondary sexual characters, including the theory related to the evolution of sexual dimorphism and its empirical patterns. The last section deals with the genetics of gender expression and of secondary sexual characters.

Virus-Resistant Transgenic Plants: Potential Ecological Impact (Hardcover, 1997 ed.): Mark Tepfer, Ervin Bal azs Virus-Resistant Transgenic Plants: Potential Ecological Impact (Hardcover, 1997 ed.)
Mark Tepfer, Ervin Bal azs
R3,922 Discovery Miles 39 220 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

These Proceedings evolved from the OECD Co-operative Research Programme workshop on "Potential ecological impact of transgenic plants expressing viral sequencies," held at the Agricultural Biotechnology Center in Godollo, Hungary on 24-26 April 1997. The OECD Co-operative Research Programme At the Directorate for Agrieulture of the Organisation for Economie Co-operation and Development (OECD) a co-operative research programme for "Biological Resource Management" has existed since 1990. It foeuses on work in four specific topie areas, one of whieh is "Ecology and utilisation of new organisms" (Theme 3). The activities promoted by this programme are post-doctoral fellowships (announced annually), and the organisation of expert workshops (1-2 workshops per Theme per year). The 26 OECD member countries participating in this programme are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, ltaly, Korea, Japan, the NetherIands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, SwitzerIand, Turkey, the UK, and the USA."

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development (Hardcover, 1997 ed.): Brian A. Larkins, Indra K. Vasil Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development (Hardcover, 1997 ed.)
Brian A. Larkins, Indra K. Vasil
R11,662 Discovery Miles 116 620 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The beginnings of human civili zation can be traced back to the time , ne- ly 12 ,000 years ago , when th e early humans gradually ch anged from a life of hunting and gathering food , to producing food. This beginning of pri- tive agriculture ensured a dependable supply of food , and fostered the living together of people in groups and the development of s o c i e ty. During th is time, plant s e e ds were recognized a s a valuable s o ur c e of food and nutrition , and began to be used for growing plants for food. Ever s i n c e , plant seeds have played an important role in the development of the human civilization . Even today, s e e ds of a few crop s p e c i e s , s uc h as the cereals and legume s, are the primary s o u r c e of most human food , and the predominant commodity in international agriculture. Owing to their great importance as food for human s and in international trade , seeds have been a favorite object of s t u d y by developmental biologists and physiologi sts , nutritionist s and chem i sts . A wealth of useful information i s available on th e biology of seed s .

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