Shape and Form in Plants and Fungi

Shape and Form in Plants and Fungi

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Shape may be regarded as the external contour of an organism, while form describes the three-dimensional arrangement of the component parts. These are distinct yet interdependent concepts, and both are a consequence of development. The forces and processes which determine shape and form in plants and fungi have fascinated botanists and mycologists for centuries; theories abound, yet real understanding remains elusive. The authors in this volume address these matters from a wide variety of different standpoints. The contributions are not an attempt to cover the entire field, but rather a collection likely to stimulate new thought and intellectual excitement. The strength of the volume lies in its diversity of approach and philosophy.
Some important themes arise: the creative tension between the holistic and reductionist approaches to analysis of shape and form; the paucity of information on the internal messages and forces which link genome and phenotype; and the potential of research with unicellular plans and with fungi, where the relative simplicity of the systems for study and the increasing availability of the appropriate analytical tools should lead to major advances in understanding. This volume will prove invaluable as a basis for discussion between plant scientists, ecologists and evolutionary biologists at all levels.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 404 pages
  • 189.7 x 266.4 x 22.6mm | 1,045.05g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • 16th ed.
  • index
  • 0123710359
  • 9780123710352

Table of contents

Shape and Form in Plants and Fungi, D.S. Ingram; Generative Explanations of Plant Form, B.C. Goodwin; The Origins of Shape and Form in Diatoms: the Interplay between Morphogenetic Studies and Systematics, D.G. Mann, Towards an Understanding of Pattern and Process in the Growth of Early-Vascular Plants, D. Edwards, Saltational Evolution of Form in Vascular Plants: A neoGoldschmidtian Synthesis, R.F. Bateman and W.A. DiMichele; On Perception of Plant Morphology: Some Implications for Phylogeny, A. Hay and D.J. Mabberley; A Summary of Branching Processes in Plants, A.D. Bell; A Commentary on Some Recurrent Forms and changes of Form in Angiosperms, B.L. Burtt; The Representation of Shape and Form by Computer, P.J. Pankhurst; Cell Divisions in Meristems and their Contribution to Organogenesis and Plant Form, P.W. Barlow; The Contribution of Chimeras to the Understanding of Root Meristem Organisation, L. Dolan, P.Linstead, R.S. Poethig, and K. Roberts; The Contribution of Auxin and Cytokinin to Symmetry-breaking in Plant Morphogenesis, D.E. Hanke and S.I. Green; The Regulation of Shape and Form by Cytosolic Calcium, A.I. Trewavas and M. Knight; Genes Controlling Flower Development in Antirrhinum (Abstract). A. Hudson, Gene Controlling lower Development, E. Coen, D. Bradley, R. Elliot, R. Simon, J. Romero, S. Hantke, S. Doyle, M. Mooney, D. Luo, P. McSteen, L. Copsey, C. Robinson, and R. Carpenter; Genetic and Molecular Analysis of Plant Shape and Form using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, N. Harberd, J. Peng, and P. Carol; Cellular Nature and Multicellular Morphogenesis of Higher Fungi, N.D.-Read; Moulding Moulds into Mushrooms: Shape and Form in the Higher Fungi, R. Watling and D. Moore; Differential Insulation and the Generation of Mycelial Pattems, A.D.M. Rayner, G.S. Griffith and H.G. Wildman; Origin and Consequences of Colony Form in Fungi: a Reaction-Diffusion Mechanism for Morphogenesis, J.W. Crawford and K. Ritz; Shape Determination and Polarity in Fungal Cells, G.W Gooday and N.A.R.. Gow; Molecular Tools to Study Sexual Development in Fungi, A.M. Ashby and K. Johnstone; Subject Index.
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