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Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 17, Plant Architecture and its Manipulation

Colin G. N. Turnbull (Hrsg.)

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Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Informatik, Technik / Botanik


Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 17 Conventionally, architecture relates to buildings, embracingboth art and science, and specifying both form and function. Inscope, this closely matches the study of plant architecture. Froman artistic perspective, we might marvel at the astonishingdiversity of aesthetically pleasing plant structures, yet asscientists we know that, through natural selection, very little ofform is dissociated from function. The origins of studies of plant architecture and theirinfluences on human existence are steeped in history, but, from atwenty-first century perspective, the field has been transformedfrom a discipline of observation and description into one in whichcomplex networks of genetic, chemical and environmental factors canbe directly manipulated and modelled. Arguably, manipulation ofplant architecture has been one of the greatest mainstays of plantimprovement - perhaps second only to the discoveries of thenutritional requirements of plants. With the advent of the'gene revolution', there are countless newopportunities for selective modification of plantarchitecture. This book provides a broad coverage of our current understandingof plant architecture and its manipulation, ranging from thearchitecture of the individual cell to that of the whole plant. Itis directed at researchers and professionals in plant physiology,developmental biology, molecular biology, genetics andbiotechnology.


(Journal of Plant Taxonomy & Plant Geography, July 2007)
"The book presents a fine, state-of-the-art overview of the evo-devo aspects of all parts of the plant body."
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