Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development

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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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Product details

  • Hardback | 650 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 35.05mm | 1,140g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • 26 Tables, black and white; VIII, 650 p.
  • 0792346459
  • 9780792346456

Table of contents

Section A: Control of Seed Development. 1. Embryogenesis in Dicotyledonous Plants; R. Yadegari, R. Goldberg. 2. Development of the Suspensor: Differentiation, Communication, and Programmed Cell Death During Plant Embryogenesis; B.W. Schwartz, et al. 3. Endosperm Structure and Development; D.A. DeMason. 4. Hormonal Regulation of Seed Development; R. Morris. Section B: The Synthesis and Accumulation of Stored Metabolites. 5. The Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Embryo Storage Proteins; N.C. Nielsen, et al. 6. The Prolamin Storage Proteins of Wheat and Its Relatives; G. Galili. 7. The Prolamin Proteins of Maize, Sorghum and Coix; C.E. Coleman, et al. 8. The Storage Proteins of Rice and Oat; D.G. Muench, T.W. Okita. 9. The Protease Inhibitors of Seeds; K.A. Wilson. 10. Starch Synthesis in the Maize Seed; L.C. Hannah. 11. Synthesis and Storage of Fatty Acids; J. Browse. 12. Accumulation and Storage of Phosphate and Minerals; V. Raboy. 13. Genetic Regulation of Carbohydrate and Protein Accumulation in Seeds; M. Motto, et al. Section C: Control of Seed Maturation and Germination. 14. Lea Proteins and the Desiccation Tolerance of Seeds; L. Dure. 15. Seed Maturation and Control of Dormancy; J. Harada. Section D: Manipulation of Seeds Through Biotechnology. 16. Biotechnological Approaches to Altering Seed Composition; E. Krebbers, et al.
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`The book represents the most comprehensive current review of the field of plant seed development. It is clearly written and well edited. Over 90 illustrations help to understand relationship of different regulatory processes and mechanisms. It can be recommended to advanced students as well as to researchers of physiology, genetics and molecular biology of seed as well as whole plant development. It is also valuable source of information for plant breeders and biotechnologists.'
Biologia Plantarum, 43:4,(2000)
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