Evolutionary, Developmental and Physiological Genetics

  • Tom Gerats
  • Judith Strommer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. João Renato Stehmann, Aline P. Lorenz-Lemke, Loreta B. Freitas, João Semir
    Pages 1-28
  3. Thomas Gübitz, Maria Elena Hoballah, Alexandre Dell’Olivo, Cris Kuhlemeier
    Pages 29-49
  4. David G. Clark, Eran Pichersky, Julian Verdonk, Natalia Dudareva, Michel Haring, Ulrich Klahre et al.
    Pages 51-69
  5. Judith Strommer, Freydoun Garabagi
    Pages 71-84
  6. Thomas L. Sims, Timothy P. Robbins
    Pages 85-106
  7. Jason D. Gillman, Stéphane Bentolila, Maureen R. Hanson
    Pages 107-129
  8. D.M.R. Sekhara Reddy, Sergio Svistoonoff, Florence Breuillin, Sarah Wegmüller, Marcel Bucher, Didier Reinhardt
    Pages 131-156
  9. Revel S.M. Drummond, Susan E. Ledger, Joanne L. Simons, Bart J. Janssen, Kimberley C. Snowden
    Pages 157-177
  10. Ronald Koes, Mattijs Bliek, Rob Castel, Elske Kusters, Antonia Procissi, Alexandra Rebocho et al.
    Pages 179-197
  11. Anneke S. Rijpkema, Jan Zethof, Tom Gerats, Michiel Vandenbussche
    Pages 199-224
  12. Gerco C. Angenent, Richard G.H. Immink
    Pages 225-245
  13. Sara Zenoni, Anita Zamboni, Andrea Porceddu, Mario Pezzotti
    Pages 247-267
  14. Giambattista Tornielli, Ronald Koes, Francesca Quattrocchio
    Pages 269-299
  15. Michelle L. Jones, Anthony D. Stead, David G. Clark
    Pages 301-324
  16. Judith Strommer, Janny L. Peters, Tom Gerats
    Pages 325-341
  17. Katja R. Richert-Pöggeler, Trude Schwarzacher
    Pages 343-363
  18. Michael Reid, Jen-Chih Chen, Cai-Zhong Jiang
    Pages 381-394
  19. Anthony J. Conner, Nick W. Albert, Simon C. Deroles
    Pages 395-409
  20. Beverly A. Underwood, Michelle L. Jones, David G. Clark
    Pages 411-433
  21. Back Matter
    Pages 435-445

About this book


In 1984, when the first edition of this monograph was published, Petunia was well-positioned as a classical model system to contribute significantly to the coming explosion in plant molecular biology. Its strength was fostered by years of physiological, biochemical, genetic and cytogenetic research- the contributions of early workers who saw the value and promise of this horticulturally significant representative of the Solanaceae. The present edition encapsulates the state of Petunia-based research a quarter of a century later. It paints a rich portrait of progress, particularly but not exclusively in evolutionary and developmental biology. The wealth of knowledge presented here, and the continued promise of Petunia as a research system, both follow from a combination of that solid early work, the amenability of Petunia to molecular analysis, and the dedication and collegiality of the Petunia research community. All are richly documented in this work.

Tom Gerats completed his Ph.D. on Petunia flavonoids and transposons at the University of Amsterdam (1984). He then joined the Genetics Department of the Free University (also in Amsterdam) where a group was formed, headed by Ed Veltkamp, later Jos Mol, to work on the molecular aspects of flavonoid genes. Tom moved to Marc van Montagu’s group in Ghent (Belgium) in 1990, where he continued to work on Petunia as a main system. In 2001 he obtained a chair in Plant Genetics at the Radboud University, Nijmegen. Starting with his work as an undergraduate, he has aimed throughout his career to enhance Petunia’s status as a model system for comparative research.

Judy Strommer received B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA. She lives with her family in Guelph, Ontario, where she is a Professor of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph. She was introduced to Petunia research by Tom Gerats at a meeting of the Genetics Society of America more than 20 years ago. Current research in her laboratory involves analysis of the regulation of anthocyanin production in grape and development of feed-based vaccines, but she remains a devoted fan of Petunia and the research it has inspired.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Tom Gerats
    • 1
  • Judith Strommer
    • 2
  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNetherlands
  2. 2.Dept. Plant AgricultureUniversity of GuelphGuelph ON N1G 2W1Canada

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