Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages II-XIII
  2. Origin and Diversification of Primitive Land Plants

  3. Origin and Diversification of Angiosperms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Else Marie Friis, Peter R. Crane, Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen
      Pages 121-156
    3. Douglas E. Soltis, Carola Hibsch-Jetter, Pamela S. Soltis, Mark W. Chase, James S. Farris
      Pages 157-178
    4. Mitsuyasu Hasebe, Jo Ann Banks
      Pages 179-197
    5. Hiroshi Okada
      Pages 209-220
  4. Speciation and Mechanisms of Diversification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Kent E. Holsinger, Jennifer E. Steinbachs
      Pages 223-248
    3. Daniel J. Crawford, Tod F. Stuessy
      Pages 249-267
    4. Christopher H. Haufler
      Pages 291-307
    5. Ryoko Imaichi, Masahiro Kato
      Pages 309-318
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 319-330

About this book


It is agreed by most scientists that there is a real possibility of mankind's being plunged into crisis around the middle of the twenty-first century because of insufficient crop production to support the explosively increasing world popula­ tion and because of serious pollution of the global environment. Plants should play the major role in alleviating this crisis. Consequently, plant science will become of crucial importance in the next century. The application of plant science to crop improvement and the pro­ duction of plants resistant to environmental pollution will be achieved through complete understanding of the basic functions of plants. Fun­ damental understanding of individual species and the evolution of plants is also important. The Botanical Society of Japan, which was established in 1882, decided to publish a series of special issues of the Botanical Magazine, Tokyo (now the Journal of Plant Research). The aim of this series was to present overviews of recent advances in various fields of plant sciences. As a result, The Botanical Society of Japan published Controlling Factors in Plant Development in 1978, Regulation of Photosynthetic Processes in 1991, and Cellular and Molecular Bio­ logy in Plant Cell Cultures in 1993. The contributions to these high-quality special issues were written by leading international scientists in each field, and these publications had a great impact worldwide.


biology evolution evolutionary biology genes land plants molecular systematics paleobotany plant plant systematics plants systematics the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Kunio Iwatsuki
    • 1
  • Peter H. Raven
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of ScienceRikkyo UniversityToshima-ku, Tokyo 171Japan
  2. 2.Missouri Botanical GardenSt. LouisUSA

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