Working with Ferns

Issues and Applications

  • Ashwani Kumar
  • Helena Fernández
  • Maria Angeles Revilla

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. H. Fernández
    Pages 1-8
  3. Contribution of Ferns to Understanding of Plant Developme

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Angela R. Cordle, Linh Thuy Bui, Erin E. Irish, Chi-Lien Cheng
      Pages 25-36
    3. V. Menéndez, E. Peredo, M. Méndez, A. Revilla, H. Fernández
      Pages 37-48
  4. Propagation, Conservation and Control of Genetic Variability in Ferns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. V. Menéndez, R. Arbesú, M. Somer, A. Revilla, H. Fernández
      Pages 97-110
    3. Marjana Camloh, Jana Ambrožič-Dolinšek
      Pages 111-125
    4. Yao-Moan Huang, Mei-Hsueh Huang, Chun-Ming Chen, Wen-Liang Chiou
      Pages 127-134
    5. Jan J. Rybczyński, Anna Mikuła
      Pages 135-147
    6. Jowita Marszał-Jagacka, Krystyna Kromer
      Pages 149-164
    7. Daniel Ballesteros
      Pages 165-172
    8. Anna Mikuła, Damian Makowski, Christina Walters, Jan J. Rybczyński
      Pages 173-192
    9. Jose María Gabriel y Galán, Carmen Prada
      Pages 193-205
    10. E. L. Peredo, A. Revilla, M. Méndez, V. Menéndez, H. Fernández
      Pages 221-234
  5. Environmental Biotechnology: Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation in Ferns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Myriam Catalá, Marta Esteban, Luis García Quintanilla
      Pages 237-247
    3. David Rodríguez de la Cruz, Estefanía Sánchez-Reyes, José Sánchez-Sánchez
      Pages 271-281
  6. Therapeutical/Medicinal Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Hung-Chi Chang, Sushim Kumar Gupta, Hsin-Sheng Tsay
      Pages 285-304
    3. René Lafont, Raimana Ho, Phila Raharivelomanana, Laurie Dinan
      Pages 305-319
    4. Raimana Ho, Taivini Teai, Jean-Pierre Bianchini, René Lafont, Phila Raharivelomanana
      Pages 321-346
    5. Cheol Hee Lee, So Lim Shin
      Pages 347-359
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 377-386

About this book


Ferns existing today represent a genetic inheritance of great value as they include species of ancient vascular plants, which have direct connection with the crucial steps done in the past for settling life on Earth. Their life cycle is an example of alternation of generations, in which both a multicellular diploid organism and a multicellular haploid organism occur and give rise to the other. Spore, gametophyte and sporophyte have been studied either for basic and practical purposes. In the first case, they offer us simple and easy to grow experimental systems to investigate on plant development, and secondly, they are culture by their ornamental appeal, their environmental benefit or as source of metabolites. This timely volume brings a selection of chapters, each one composed by experts in their respective fields. The chapters included cover a broad range from the knowledge of its biology and contribution to understanding of plant development, useful protocols for propagation and conservation purposes, genetic variability as well as environmental and theurapeutical applications. This wide spectrum of the contributions gives to reader a rapid idea of the enormous potential of this plant group. The originality of this book is to expose the most recent tendencies in their investigation, which is far from the traditional perspective usually followed. The collected articles in this volume incorporate most of novel techniques used nowadays routinely to resolve traditional questions. Ashwani Kumar Professor, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The author’s repertoire of published works spreads across 150 research articles in various national and international journals. He has an experience of over three decades in his field of research, namely, tissue culture and biochemistry, being awarded with prestigeous V. Puri Medal in 2008 for his services to advancement of Botany. Helena Fernández Associate Professor, Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems, Oviedo University, Spain. Her research focuses on micropropagation and reproduction in ferns during the two last decades. In 2002 she obtained the award “Ramón y Cajal” by The Ministry of Science and Technology, being engaged to the Oviedo University as tenurer, full time, in the Area of Plant Physiology since then. M. Angeles Revilla Plant Physioloy Assistant Professor in the Biology Faculty at the Oviedo University (Spain) since 1987. Twenty years experience in plant tissue culture. She has also worked in cryopreservation and genetic stability for the last ten years, mainly in the development of protocols for in vitro shoot apices in agronomic species.


Ferns Plant Science Pteridophyta Seed Spore biotechnology plant development

Editors and affiliations

  • Ashwani Kumar
    • 1
  • Helena Fernández
    • 2
  • Maria Angeles Revilla
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. BotanyUniversity of RajasthanJaipurIndia
  2. 2.Depto. Biologia de Organismos y Sis, Unidad de Fisologia VegetalUniversidad de OviedoOviedoSpain
  3. 3., Dpt. Biología de Organismos y SistemasUniversidad de OviedoOviedoSpain

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