New Frontiers in Bryology

Physiology, Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics

  • Andrew J. Wood
  • Melvin J. Oliver
  • David J. Cove

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yasuko Kamisugi, Andrew C. Cuming
    Pages 17-35
  3. Didier Schaefer, Jean-Pierre Zrÿd
    Pages 37-49
  4. Hauke Holtorf, Wolfgang Frank, Ralf Reski
    Pages 51-70
  5. Yukihiro Kabeya, Kohsuke Sekine, Naoki Sato
    Pages 91-110
  6. Tomomichi Fujita, Tomoaki Nishiyama, Yuji Hiwatashi, Mitsuyasu Hasebe
    Pages 111-132
  7. Koji Mikami, Elmar Hartmann
    Pages 133-155
  8. Tilman Lamparter, Gerhard Brücker
    Pages 157-176
  9. Edward B. Tucker
    Pages 177-188
  10. David J. Cove, Ralph S. Quatrano
    Pages 189-203

About this book

Introduction

The mosses (Bryophatea, Musci) are a diverse and widely distributed group of land plants. Mosses are attractive experimental plants because they exhibit the traditional attributes of good model systems (Le. ease of growth & maintenance, fast generation time, and amenable genetics) with the added advantage of a haploid gametophyte that allowed developmental mutants to be recovered with relative ease. In addition, mosses with the ability to tolerate extreme environmental conditions offer realistic models for the analysis of environmental stress-tolerance; particularly when compared to tracheophytes such as Arabidopsis thaliana in which these important plant phenotypes are either not clearly expressed or entirely lacking. And, in one of the most exciting developments in Plant Biology, efficient homologous recombination occurs in the moss Physcomitrella patens. The ability to perform efficient homologous recombination (Le. gene knock-outs) in P. patens is at present unique amongst all plants and represents an extremely powerful technique for the functional analysis of many plant genes. Over the past 5 years, a world-wide community of moss researchers has evolved. A highly successful "Moss" conference has been held annually (l998-Mumbai, India; 1999-Carbondale, IL, USA; 2000-Villars, Switzerland; 200l-0kazaki, Japan; 2002-Ambleside, UK; 2003-St. Louis, MO, USA) with "Moss 2004" planned to be held in Frieburg Germany. These conferences have been instrumental in the creation & development of strong collaborative ties, and the free exchange of both ideas and materials.

Keywords

Bryophyte Chloroplast Expression Musci Phytochrome eukaryote evolution mutant phylogeny physiology recombination

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew J. Wood
    • 1
  • Melvin J. Oliver
    • 2
  • David J. Cove
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Southern Illinois University-CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA
  2. 2.USDA-ARSLubbockUSA
  3. 3.University of LeedsLeedsUK
  4. 4.Washington UniversitySt. LouisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-306-48568-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6569-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48568-8
  • About this book