© 1997

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development

  • Brian A. Larkins
  • Indra K. Vasil

Part of the Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants book series (CMBP, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Control of Seed Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ramin Yadegari, Robert B. Goldberg
      Pages 3-52
    3. Darleen A. Demason
      Pages 73-115
    4. Roy O. Morris
      Pages 117-148
  3. The Synthesis and Accumulation of Stored Metabolites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Niels C. Nielsen, Ronald Bassüner, Todd Beaman
      Pages 151-220
    3. Craig E. Coleman, Joanne M. Dannenhoffer, Brian A. Larkins
      Pages 257-288
    4. Douglas G. Muench, Thomas W. Okita
      Pages 289-330
    5. Karl A. Wilson
      Pages 331-374
    6. L. Curtis Hannah
      Pages 375-405
    7. John Browse
      Pages 407-440
    8. Mario Motto, Richard Thompson, Francesco Salamini
      Pages 479-522
  4. Control of Seed Maturation and Germination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 523-523
    2. John J. Harada
      Pages 545-592
  5. Manipulation of Seeds Through Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 593-593

About this book


The beginnings of human civili zation can be traced back to the time , ne- ly 12 ,000 years ago , when th e early humans gradually ch anged from a life of hunting and gathering food , to producing food. This beginning of pri- tive agriculture ensured a dependable supply of food , and fostered the living together of people in groups and the development of s o c i e ty. During th is time, plant s e e ds were recognized a s a valuable s o ur c e of food and nutrition , and began to be used for growing plants for food. Ever s i n c e , plant seeds have played an important role in the development of the human civilization . Even today, s e e ds of a few crop s p e c i e s , s uc h as the cereals and legume s, are the primary s o u r c e of most human food , and the predominant commodity in international agriculture. Owing to their great importance as food for human s and in international trade , seeds have been a favorite object of s t u d y by developmental biologists and physiologi sts , nutritionist s and chem i sts . A wealth of useful information i s available on th e biology of seed s .


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Editors and affiliations

  • Brian A. Larkins
    • 1
  • Indra K. Vasil
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant SciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Plant Cell and Molecular BiologyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development
  • Editors Brian A. Larkins
    Indra K. Vasil
  • Series Title Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-4645-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4878-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8909-3
  • Series ISSN 1381-1932
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 650
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Plant Physiology
    Plant Genetics and Genomics
    Biochemistry, general
    Plant Sciences
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`The book represents the most comprehensive current review of the field of plant seed development. It is clearly written and well edited. Over 90 illustrations help to understand relationship of different regulatory processes and mechanisms. It can be recommended to advanced students as well as to researchers of physiology, genetics and molecular biology of seed as well as whole plant development. It is also valuable source of information for plant breeders and biotechnologists.'
Biologia Plantarum, 43:4,(2000)