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Chromosomes represent the main focus of cytogenetics. One of the main challenges of modern-day cytogenetics is to unravel the relation between the genomic content and architecture of chromosomes and their genetic function. Plant species have provided an important contribution to the knowledge of chromosome evolution, and those with large chromosomes have often been used in the study of chromosome behavior. The rapid development of molecular tools in the last few years has greatly furthered advances in elucidating the organization, behavior and evolution of chromosomes.
This special issue of Cytogenetic and Genome Research presents an excellent compilation of current research in plant cytogenetics. In a series of review articles experts in the field explain and discuss the organization of chromosomes and the impact of new technologies, the organization and evolution of sex chromosomes and B chromosomes, recent advances in meiosis, and different aspects of chromosome evolution and plant breeding. Providing an excellent update, this book is recommended to researchers, teachers and students in genetics, plant biology and agronomy.
Reprint of: Cytogenetic and Genome Research 2008, Vol. 120, No. 3-4
Preface: Puertas, M.J.; Naranjo, T.; Chromosome Organization; An Overview on Plant Chromosome Structure: Gill, N.; Hans, C.S.; Jackson, S.; Chromosome landmarks as tools to study the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana: Siroky, J.; Physical organisation of simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in Triticeae: structural, functional and evolutionary implications: Cuadrado, A.; Cordoso, M.; Jouve, N.; Molecular cytogenetics of forest trees: Ribeiro, T.; Barao, A.; Viegas, W.; Morais-Cecilio, L.; New Technologies; Plant engineered minichromosomes and artificial chromosome platforms: Birchler, J.A.; Yu, W.; Han, F.; Radiation hybrid (RH) and HAPPY mapping in plants: Riera-Lizarazu, O.; Vales, M.I.; Kianian, S.F.; Special Chromosomes; A cytogenetic view of sex chromosome evolution in plants: Armstrong, S.J.: Filatov, D.A.; The use of repetitive DNA in cytogenetic studies of plant sex chromosomes: Kazama, Y.; Matsunaga, S.; Plant sex chromosomes: molecular structure and function: Jamilena, M.; Mariotti, B.; Manzano, S.; Chromosomes with a life of their own: Jones, R.N.; Gonzalez-Sanchez, M.; Gonzalez-Garcia, M.; Vega, J.M; Puertas, M.J.; Meiosis; Meiosis in plants: ten years of gene discovery: Mercier, R.; Grelon, M.; Meiotic genes and proteins in cereals: Jenkins, G.; Phillips, D.; Mikhailova, E.I.; Timofejeva, L.; Jones, R.N.; ASY1 coordinates early events in the plant meiotic recombination pathway: Sanchez-Moran, E.; Osman, K.; Higgins, J. D; Pradillo, M.; Cunado, N.; Jones, G.H.; Franklin, F.C.H.; The cytogenetics of homologus chromosome pairing in meiosis in plants: Bozza C.G.; Pawlowski, W.P.; Nuclear architecture and chromosome dynamics in the search of the pairing partner in meiosis in plants: Naranjo, T.; Corredor, E.; Chromosome 'speed dating' during meiosis of polyploid Brassica hybrids and haploids: Nicolas, S.D.; Leflon; M.; Liu, Z.; Eber, F.; Chelysheva, L.; Coriton, O.; Chevre, A.M; Jenczewski, E.; Chromosome Evolution; Chromosome numbers in plant cytotaxonomy: concepts and implications: Guerra, M.; Repetive DNA and chromosomal rearrangements: speciation-related events in plant genomes: Raskina, O.; Barber, J.C.; Nevo, E.; Belyayev, A.; Cytogenetics and Plant Breeding; Pathways to doubled haploidy: chromosome doubling during androgenesis: Segui-Simarro, J.M.; Nuez, F.; Cytogenetics of Festulolium (Festuca X Lolium hybrids): Kopecky, D.; Lukaszewski, A.J.; Dolezel, J.; The use of cytogenetic tools for studies in the crop-to-wild gene transfer scenario: Benavente, E.; Cifuentes, M.; Dusautoir, J.C.; David, J.