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About this book
About this book
This book gives a broad coverage of 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 transgenic 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 I: Genetic Engineering and gene expression. 1. Optimization of the expression of a transgene in plants; S.C. Minocha. 2. Genetic engineering of forest trees; M.R. Ahuja. 3. Molecular biology of somatic embryogenesis in conifers; J.Z. Dong, D.I. Dunstan. 4. Molecular aspects of bud dormancy in trees; A. Rohde, et al. 5. Options for genetic engineering of floral sterility in forest trees; J.S. Skinner. 6. Molecular control of the development and function of the vascular cambium; O. Olsson, C.H.A. Little. 7. Genetic engineering of wood formation; H. Tuominen, et al. 8. Molecular biology of cellulose biosynthesis; T. Arioli, et al. 9. Control of lignin biosynthesis; J.H. Christensen, et al. 10. Molecular biology of tropical nitrogen-fixing trees in the Casuarinaceae family; L. Laplaze, et al. 11. Proteins of the conifer extracellular matrix; C.A. Loopstra. 12. Gene expression during Pseudotsuga menziesii embryogenesis: Low molecular weight; M. Chatthai, S. Misra. Section II: Molecular Genetics. 13. Tissue culture of woody plants and its relevance to molecular biology; R. Minocha, S.M. Jain. 14. Variation in woody plants: molecular markers, evolutionary processes and conservation biology; Y.B. Linhart. 15. Molecular markers and genome mapping in woody plants; M.T. Cervera, et al. 16. Assessment of biodiversity with molecular tools in forest trees; O. Savolainen and A. Karhu. 17. Mapping quantitative traits in forest trees; M.M. Sewell, D.B. Neale. 18. Somaclonal variation and genetic molecular markers in woody plants; J.-L. Fourre. 19. Molecular breeding of Eucalyptus; D. Grattapaglia. 20. Molecular dissection of quantitative traits: new perspectives from Populus; R. Wu, et al. 21. Molecular genetic analysis of pathogenic forest fungi; X.-R. Wang, A.E. Szmidt.