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Academic & Professional Books  Botany  Plants & Botany: Biology & Ecology

Plant Roots The Hidden Half

By: Amram Eshel(Editor), Tom Beeckman(Editor)
848 pages, 48 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Publisher: CRC Press
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Great progress has been made in the plant sciences since the last edition of Plant Roots: The Hidden Half was published. Advancements brought about by the sequencing of whole genomes of model organisms and the development of 'omics' techniques – genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics – has affected root research as much as all other fields of biology. The content of Plant Roots: The Hidden Half reflects this transformation of methodologies and manners of biological studies from the ecological to the cellular and beyond. The contributors present a broad range of topics related to root biology and include not only clear summations of their topics but also their vision of what is expected in the years to come.


The Evolution and Genomics of Roots
The origin of roots; Paul Kenrick
The Arabidopsis root: A model organ in plant genomics; Jaimie M. Van Norman, Louisa M. Liberman, Philip N. Benfey

Root Structure
Cellular patterning of the root meristem: Genes and signals; Kimberly L. Gallagher
Cellular patterning in the root epidermis; Yana M. Wieckowski, John Schiefelbein
Structure and function of three suberized cell layers: epidermis, exodermis, and endodermis; Chris J. Meyer, Carol A. Peterson
Lateral root development; Leentje Jansen, Marlies Demeulenaere, Tom Beeckman
Vascular development in Arabidopsis roots; Anthony Bishopp, Sedeer El-Showk, Ykä Helariutta
Secondary growth of roots: A cell biological perspective; Nigel Chaffey
Rice: a model plant to decipher the hidden origin of adventitious roots; Yoan Coudert, Le Thi Van Anh, Pascal Gantet
Genetic analysis of maize root development; Frank Hochholdinger, Günter Feix
The molecular mechanisms involved in adventitious root formation; Joseph Riov, David Szwerdszarf, Mohamad Abu-Abied, Einat Sadot

Regulation of Root Growth
Auxins signaling in primary roots; Catherine Perrot-Rechenmann
Role of gibberellins in root growth; Eiichi Tanimoto, Ko Hirano
Molecular basis of cytokinin action during root development; Serena Perilli, Laila Moubayidin, Sabrina Sabatini
Ethylene regulates root growth and development; Daniel R. Lewis, Gloria K. Muday
Abscisic acid in root growth and development; Ive De Smet, Hanma Zhang
Brassinosteroid signaling in root development; Josep Vilarrasa-Blasi, Mary-Paz González-García and Ana I Caño-Delgado
The role of strigolactones in root development and communication; Hinanit Koltai
Root gravitropism; Ranjan Swarup, Darren M. Wells, Malcolm J. Bennett
Calcium: from root macronutrient to mechanical signal; Sarah Swanson, Simon Gilroy

Soil Resource Acquisition
Root based solutions to increasing crop productivity; Michelle Watt, Anton P. Wasson, Vincent Chochois
Root architecture and resource acquisition – Wheat as a model plant; Ahmad M. Manschadi, Günther G. B. Manske, Paul L. G. Vlek
Root pH regulation; Jóska Gerendás, R. George Ratcliffe
Root water uptake and water flow in the soil-root domain; Guillaume Lobet, Charles Hachez, François Chaumont, Mathieu Javaux, Xavier Draye
Inorganic nitrogen acquisition and signaling: Physiological and molecular aspects; Alain Gojon

Nutrient uptake and root system architecture modeling: Past and prospects for the future; Moshe Silberbush, Amram Eshel, Jonathan Lynch
Global change and root lifespan; David M. Eissenstat, M. Luke McCormack, Quanying Du
Developmental adaptations in roots of desert plants with special emphasis on cacti; Joseph G. Dubrovsky, Svetlana Shishkova
Root systems of woody plants; Frederic Danjon, Alexia Stokes, Mark Bakker
Roots as a source of food; Daniel F. Austin, Robert Jarret

Root Response to Stress
Temperature effects on root growth; Marc Faget, Stephan Blossfeld, Siegfried Jahnke, Gregor Huber, Ulrich Schurr, Kerstin A. Nagel
Flooding tolerance mechanisms in roots; Kurt Fagerstedt, Olga Blokhina, Chiara Pucciariello, Pierdomenico Perata
Plant roots under aluminum stress: Toxicity and tolerance; Hideaki Matsumoto, Yoko Yamamoto
Root responses to trace metallic elements; Nathalie Verbruggen, Christian Hermans
Maintaining root growth in drying soil: A review of progress and gaps in understanding; Eric Ober, Robert E. Sharp
Effects of salinity on root growth; Nirit Bernstein
Soil mechanical resistance and root growth and function; W. Richard Whalley, A. Glyn Bengough

Root – Rhizosphere Interactions
Fungal root endophytes; Thomas N. Sieber, Christoph R. Grünig
Molecular physiology of tree ectomycorrhizal interactions; Mohammad Tanbir Habib, Till Heller, Andrea Polle
Mycorrhizae-rhizosphere determinants of plant communities: What can we learn from the tropics? Ingrid Kottke, Gábor M. Kovács
The response of soybean roots to soybean cyst nematode at the molecular level; Benjamin F. Matthews, Heba M. M. Ibrahim, Parsa Hosseini, Nadim Alkharouf, Savi Natarajan

Modern Research Techniques
Minirhizotron techniques; Boris Rewald, Jonathan E. Ephrat
Non-invasive tools for measuring metabolism and biophysical analyte transport at the root- rhizosphere interface: Self referencing electrochemical and optical sensors; Eric S. McLamore, D. Marshall Porterfield

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Amram Eshel is Associate Professor of Plant Sciences at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Tom Beeckman is with the Root Development Group for the Department of Plant Systems Biology at Ghent University, Belgium.

By: Amram Eshel(Editor), Tom Beeckman(Editor)
848 pages, 48 plates with colour photos and colour illustrations; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables
Publisher: CRC Press
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Praise for previous editions:

" [...] a critical reference for anyone who is even peripherally interested in roots and root function [...] .sufficiently comprehensive. [...] an excellent book [...] .a must have for any collegiate library, and a critical reference for a serious root researcher."
Crop Science

" [...] the first attempt to summarize new findings concerning plant roots biology [...] very important."

" [...] an excellent reference [...] extensive and intensive in its coverage of plants roots [...] contains a wealth of significant literature."
Economic Botany

"It is in fact up-to-date and covers many more aspects than the ordinary plant scientist would normally consider. [...] The book gives a truly multidisciplinary view of the field. It is intended to challenge the reader to consider the most pressing problems in root research and to seek solutions for the future. [...] The book is suitable as reference for lectures, researchers and students. It is easy to read and is thought provoking. This book should be on the shelves of all teaching and research institution libraries."
–  Johanes Van Staden, Research Centre for Plant Growth and Development, School of Biological and Conservation Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, in South African Journal of Botany, Issue 2, 2007

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