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Endosperm: Developmental and Molecular Biology

Series: Plant Cell Monographs Volume: 8

Edited By: Odd-Arne Olsen

248 pages, figures and tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Jul 2007 | #165974 | ISBN-13: 9783540712343
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NHBS Price: £149.00 $190/€178 approx

About this book

The nutritive endosperm of angiosperms is mankind's most important source of food, livestock feed and industrial raw material. This book is the first comprehensive overview of the developmental and molecular biology of endosperm. The text covers cereal endosperm development from fertilization to maturity, including molecular and cell biology of the syncytial phase, the cellularization process and cell fate specification of the embryo surrounding region cells, the basal transfer cells, the starchy endosperm and aleurone cells. In addition, endosperm development in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana is covered, along with recent progress in endosperm in vitro culture. Special features of endosperm, such as imprinting, polyploidy, programmed cell death and anthocyanin biosynthesis, are described in separate chapters. Finally, the genes and pathways for the main nutritional components of endosperm, storage proteins and starch are covered in detail. Each chapter is illustrated with figures and diagrams, accompanied by text intended for readers at all levels with a basic understanding of cell and molecular biology.


Contents

The Developmental Biology of Cereal Endosperm.- Endoreduplication and Programmed Cell Death in the Cereal Endosperm.- Aleurone Cell Development.- The Embryo Surrounding Region.- Transfer Cells.- Arabidopsis as a Model for Understanding the Basics of Endosperm Development.- Endosperm Cell and Organ Culture.- Anthocyanin Synthesis in Maize Aleurone Tissue.- Protein Body Biogenesis in Cereal Endosperms.- Endosperm Cell Walls: Formation, Composition, and Functions.- Starch Formation in the Cereal Endosperm.- The Structure and Expression of Cereal Storage Protein Genes.- Genomic Imprinting in Arabidopsis thaliana and Zea mays.

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Biography

Studied genetics and cell biology (M,SC) at the University of Oslo (Norway), dr.agric from the Agricultural University of Norway. Associate professor, University of Oslo, Research Director and Professor of Genetics, Agricultural University of Norway. Sabbatical research visits to UC Davis, Cornell and Stanford. From 2000-2005; Pioneer hi-Bred International, a DuPont Company, Johnston, Iowa, USA. From 2006 to present; Monsanto Company, St.Louis, Missouri, USA. Major research interest: endosperm developmental biology and biotechnology.

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