This book covers various aspects of plant molecular biology that are relevant to the improvement of woody plants, and is divided into two volumes. In Volume 1, background information on genetic engineering and molecular marker techniques is emphasized, whereas Volume 2 contains specific examples of species in which sufficient progress has been made to date. The first few chapters in Section 1 of Volume 1 focus on the current status of transgene expression in plants and molecular aspects of development in woody plants, while the latter half of this section includes chapters on molecular biology of cell wall biosynthesis and nitrogen metabolism. Section 2 of Volume 1 covers tissue culture of woody plants, and its relevance to molecular biology research, and the role of molecular markers in evolution, genome mapping, and aiding in breeding programs for the selection of desired genotypes. Volume 2 covers general aspects of the technology of gene transfer in woody plants and several examples of the current status of the applications of the techniques of molecular biology to woody species.
Section A. 1. Gene transfer techniques and their relevance to woody plants; S.C. Minocha, J.C. Wallace. 2. Selection of marker-free transgenics plants using the oncogenes (ipt, rol A, B, C) of Agrobacterium as selectable markers; H. Ebinuma, et al. 3. Agrobacterium rhizogenes for rooting recalcitrant woody species; H.M. Haggman, T.S. Aronen. 4. Genetic engineering of conifers for plantation forestry Pinus radiata transformation; C. Walter, L.J. Grace. 5. Transformation of Picea species; D.H. Clapham, et al. 6. Transgenic in Larix; M.A. Lelu, G. Pilate. 7. Genetic transformation of Populus toward improving plant performance and drought tolerance; T. Tzfira, et al. 8. Progress on genetic engineering in four tropical Acacia spp.; M. Quoirin, et al. 9. Genetic engineering of rose (Rosa species); M.R. Davey, et al. 10. Transformation of Actinidia species (kiwifruit); E. Rugini, et al. 11. Genetic transformation in Citrus; G.A. Moore, et al. 12. Olive (Olea europaea var. sativa) transformation; E. Rugini. 13. Transformation of Malus; F.A. Hammerschlag. 14. Genetic transformation of Hevea brasiliensis (rubber trees) and its applications towards crop improvement and production of recombinant proteins of commercial value; P. Arokiaraj. 15. Production of Transgenic oil palm (Elaeis guinensis JACQ.). using biolistic techniques; G. Kadir, A. Parveez. Section B. 16. Molecular characterization of the mycorrhizas of woody plants; S. Hambleton, R.S. Currah. 17. Molecular epidemiology tree pathogens; R.C. Hamelin. 18. Development of insect resistance in fruit and nut tree crops; M. Escob, A.M. Dandekar. 19. Structural and biochemical aspects of cold hardiness in woody plants; M. Wisniewski, R. Arora. 20. Herbicide tolerant forest trees; D.J. Llewellyn. 21. Cloning of defense related genes against pathogens in forest trees; G. Lakshmi Sita, et al. Section C. 22. Research Ethics for Molecular Silviculture; P.B. Thompson, S.H. Strauss.