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Grapevine is one of the major cultivated plant crops. As with most woody plant species, molecular biology and biotechnology have progressed at a slow pace, due to several obstacles which have had to be overcome. However, substantial progress has now been made and useful information has been accumulated in the literature; numerous genes have been characterized from grapevine and significant progress has been made in the molecular and non-molecular biotechnological applications. In an effort to collect and present the state of the art on grapevine molecular biology and biotechnology, 41 scientists from 12 countries worked jointly on the preparation of this book. It is intended as a reference book for viticulturists, graduate and undergraduate students, biotechnological companies, and any scientist who is interested in molecular biology and biotechnology of plants with emphasis on grapevine.
1. Molecular Biology of Sugar and Anthocyanin Accumulation in Grape Berries. 2. Grape Berry Acidity. 3. Nitrogen Assimilation in Grapevine. 4. Molecular Biology and Biochemistry of Proline Accumulation in Developing Grape Berries. 5. Polyamines in Grapevine. 6. Physiological Role and Molecular Aspects of Grapevine Stilbenic Compounds. 7. Pathogenesis Related Proteins -- Their Accumulation in Grapes During Berry Growth and their Involvement in White Wine Heat Instability. Current Knowledge and Future Perspectives in Relation to Winemaking Practices. 8. Alcohol Dehydrogenase: A Molecular Marker in Grapevine. 9. Enhancement of Aroma in Grapes and Wines: Biotechnological Approaches. 10. Water Transport and Aquaporins in Grapevine. 11. Plant Organization Based on Source-Sink Relationships: New Findings on Developmental, Biochemical and Molecular Responses to Environment. 12. In Vitro Culture and Propagation of Grapevine. 13. Somatic Embryogenesis in Grapevine. 14. Protoplast Technology in Grapevine. 15. Grapevine Genetic Engineering. 16. Genetically Engineered Grape for Disease and Stress Tolerance. 17. Microsatellite Markers for Grapevine: A State of the Art. Index.