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Plant Molecular Biology

  • Donald Grierson
  • Simon N. Covey

Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 1-21
  3. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 22-46
  4. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 47-77
  5. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 78-98
  6. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 99-122
  7. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 123-140
  8. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 141-157
  9. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 158-181
  10. Donald Grierson, Simon N. Covey
    Pages 182-211

About this book

Introduction

In the preface to the first edition ofthis book, we expressed a conviction that there was a need for a short book that highlighted important advances in the new discipline of plant molecular biology. The rapid development of this topic has been brought about by the recognition of the unique properties of plants in the study of growth and development together with the application of recombinant DNA techniques to tackle these problems. Plant cells contain DNA in nuclei, plastids and mitochondria, and so offer the unique challenge of studying the interaction of three separate genetic systems in a single organism. The molecular approach has provided, in recent years, a wealth of important information about how plants function, and how they interact with bacteria, fungi and viruses. Furthermore, plant development involves the regulation of gene expression in response to intern al and external signals, and plant molecular biology has provided a fundamental insight into how this development is regulated. This is not only of considerable scientific interest, but also has important implications for the production of plants and plant products in agriculture, horticulture and the food industries.

Keywords

DNA biology development gene expression genes mitochondria molecular biology

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald Grierson
    • 1
  • Simon N. Covey
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Physiology and Environmental ScienceUniversity of NottinghamUK
  2. 2.John Innes Institute, AFRC Institute of Plant Science ResearchNorwichUK

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