Series: Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants Volume: 4
658 pages, 81 illus
The plant seed is the source of most human nutrition, and closely related to the development of human civilization. This book represents a comprehensive overview of the growth and development of the seed, and the major storage reserves of the seed: protein, starch, oil. The contributing authors comprise a select group of world experts on these topics who present up-to-date overviews of the molecular genetic mechanisms controlling development of the embryo, suspensor, cotyledons and the endosperm, and embryo maturation and seed desiccation. The special features of distinct types of storage proteins, oils and starches are described, as well as mutations that affect their quantity and quality. Biotechnological manipulation of seed storage materials is discussed. The book is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students, and should provide a useful text for courses in plant development and molecular biology.
'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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