Microspores : Evolution and Ontogeny

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An understanding of the processes of plant reproduction has become increasingly important in the exploitation of plant resources. Microspore formation is a major event in the life cycles of land plants, allowing the transition from diploid sporophyte generation to the haploid gametophyte generation, and varies greatly between taxa in the diversity of processes involved. Despite sources of information are available, there are few sources which bring together the results of research work on the reproduction in all the major plant groups. Microspores fills this gap by reviewing microsporogenesis from a systematic and evolutionary perspective in groups ranging from algae to angiosperms. Special chapters focus on structure, function, cell and molecular processes, and potential biotechnological applications of plant spores and pollen. The result is an up-to-date guide to the applications of modern techniques in the classic area of botany. This work bridges several disciplines to provide a coherent and authoritative account intended for research scientists and lecturers in botany, evolution, ultrastructure, reproductive and developmental biology, and palynology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0121034585
  • 9780121034580

Table of contents

Microsporogenesis - the male programme of development, S.Blackmore and R.B.Knox; the phylogenetic context of microsporogenesis, P.R.Crane; meiospore formation in charophycean algae, L.E.Graham; sporogenesis in bryophytes, R.C.Brown and B.E.Lemmon; pteridophyte sporogenesis - a survey of spore wall ontogeny and fine structure in a polyphyletic plant group, B.Lugardon; microsporogenesis in fossil plants, T.N.Taylor; microsporogenesis in cycads and ginkgo, F.H.Wang; exine ontogeny in conifers, M.H.Kurmann; pollen wall development in angiosperms, S.Blackmore and S.H.Barnes; exine biochemistry, D.Southworth; tapetum and microspore function, E.Pacini; germination and pollen tube formation, M. Cresti and A.Tiezzi; gene expression in the angiosperm male gametophyte, J.P.Mascarenhas; sperm cell structure, development and organization, P. Roekel et al; pollen development, applications in biotechnology, D.E.Evans et al.
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