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By: Alessandro Minelli(Author)
Compared to animals, plants have been largely neglected in evolutionary developmental biology. Mainstream research has focussed on developmental genetics, while a rich body of knowledge in comparative morphology is still to be exploited. No integrated account is available. In Plant Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Minelli fills this gap using the same approach he gave to animals, revisiting traditional concepts and providing an articulated analysis of genetic and molecular data. Topics covered include leaf complexity and the evolution of flower organs, handedness, branching patterns, flower symmetry and synorganization. and less conventional topics such as fractal patterns of plant organization. Also discussed is the hitherto neglected topic of the evolvability of temporal phenotypes like a plant's annual, biennial or perennial life cycle, flowering time and the timing of abscission of flower organs. This will be informative reading for anyone in the field of plant evo-devo, from students to lecturers and researchers.
1. Introducing plant evo-devo
2. The plant phenospace
4. Genes and genomes
5. Shoot and root – meristems and branching
7. Flowers and fruits
8. Architecture and syntax of the plant body
10. Evolutionary trends
11. Looking ahead
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