The moss Physcomitrella patens has rapidly become an experimental model of choice for many aspects of molecular, cell and developmental biology in plant sciences. With a recently sequenced genome, which has further fuelled interest and research, Physcomitrella is becoming known as the Drosophila of plant sciences.
Commencing with a chapter which places Physcomitrella into phylogenetic position, this important publication then covers the following major topics. Population genetics, genome, transcripts and metabolomics, gene targeting, hormones, small RNAs, tip growth, chloroplasts, sporophyte development, dessication and oxidative stress, sugar metabolism, and pathogenesis.
This book is both a summary of where we currently are in that quest for understanding land plant evolution and function, and a preview of exciting developments to come. For that reason, The Moss Physcomitrella patens will be valuable reading for both specialist molecular and systems biologists, and evolutionary biologists asking old questions with new tools. (The Quarterly Review of Biology, 1 December 2010) "This is an excellent book on P. patens and will hopefully encourage its further use by molecular plant scientists. However, the scope of this book is broader and it should also be of interest to evolutionary biologists and ecologists. Just as the value of Arabidopsis in such studies is increasing, I hope that this book is the spark that ignites greater amounts of research on the evolution and ecology of mosses." (Annals of Botany, February 2010)
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