Molecular Biology of Woody Plants

Volume 1

  • S. Mohan Jain
  • Subhash C. Minocha

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 64)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Genetic Engineering and gene expression

    1. J.-Z. Dong, D. I. Dunstan
      Pages 51-87
    2. A. Rohde, G. T. Howe, J. E. Olsen, T. Moritz, M. Van Montagu, O. Junttila et al.
      Pages 89-134
    3. J. S. Skinner, R. Meilan, A. M. Brunner, S. H. Strauss
      Pages 135-153
    4. Hannele Tuominen, Olof Olsson, Björn Sundberg
      Pages 181-203
    5. Tony Arioli, Joanne E. Burn, Richard E. Williamson
      Pages 205-225
    6. J. H. Christensen, M. Baucher, A. O’Connell, M. Van Montagu, W. Boerjan
      Pages 227-267
    7. Laurent Laplaze, Marie-Claude Bon, Mame Oureye Sy, Aziz Smouni, Christelle Allonneau, Florence Auguy et al.
      Pages 269-285
    8. Carol A. Loopstra
      Pages 287-297
  3. Molecular Genetics

About this book

Introduction

Woody plants constitute an artificial and heterogeneous group of plants that share some common phenotypic characteristics but otherwise have no strong evolutionary relationships, nor do they share a common habitat. They are a primary source of fiber and timber, and also include many edible fruit species. Their unique phenotypic behavior includes a perennial habit associated with extensive secondary growth. Additional characteristics of woody plants include: developmental juvenility and maturity with respect to growth habit, flowering time, and morphogenetic response in tissue cultures; environmental control of bud dormancy and flowering cycles; variable tolerance to abiotic stresses, wounding and pathogens; and long distance transport of water and nutrients. Woody plants, particularly tree species, have been the focus of numerous physiological studies to understand their specialized functions, however, only recently have they become the target of molecular studies. Recent advances in our understanding of signal transduction pathways for environmental responses in herbaceous plants, including the identification and cloning of genes for proteins involved in signal transduction, should provide useful leads to undertake parallel studies with woody plants. Molecular mapping techniques, coupled with the availability of cloned genes from herbaceous plants, should provide shortcuts to cloning relevant genes from woody plants. The unique phenotypes of these plants can then be targeted for improvement through genetic engineering. In this book we present a broad coverage of various aspects of plant molecular biology that are relevant to the improvement of woody plant.

Keywords

Biodiversity Conservation biology Embryo Flora Woody plant conifers evolution forest forest trees genes genetic engineering nitrogen woody plants woody species

Editors and affiliations

  • S. Mohan Jain
    • 1
  • Subhash C. Minocha
    • 2
  1. 1.Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and AgriculturePlant Breeding and Genetics SectionViennaAustria
  2. 2.Department of Biology, College of Life Sciences and AgricultureUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-2311-4
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5338-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2311-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5480
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-1334
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