Genetic Flux in Plants

  • Barbara Hohn
  • Elisabeth S. Dennis

Part of the Plant Gene Research book series (GENE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Movement of Genetic Information from the Environment to the plant

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. Fraenkel-Conrat
      Pages 3-10
    3. G. Gheysen, P. Dhaese, M. Van Montagu, J. Schell
      Pages 11-47
  3. Movement of Genetic Information Between the Plant Organelles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. R. J. Kemble, S. Gabay-Laughnan, J. R. Laughnan
      Pages 79-87
  4. Movement of Genetic Information Within Plant Organelles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. R. R. Sederoff, C. S. Levings III
      Pages 91-109
    3. R. B. Flavell
      Pages 139-156
    4. C. A. Cullis
      Pages 157-168
    5. S. L. Dellaporta, P. S. Chomet
      Pages 169-216
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 247-255

About this book

Introduction

Genetic material is in flux: this is one of the most exciting recent concepts in molecular biology. This volume of "Plant Gene Research" describes changes that occur in the genetic material of plants. It is worthwhile re­ membering that the first examples of unstable genomes were described for maize before DNA was known to be the genetic material. Now trans­ posable elements like the ones found in maize have been described in almost all organisms and have become incorporated into our thinking about genome structure. Flux in the plant genome is not restricted to transposable elements or to nuclear genes. Exchanges of genetic material have been demonstrated within organelle DNA, between organelle DNAs or between organelle and nuclear DNAs. Such exchanges may only occur over evolutionary times or may be a continuing process. Also the environment alters the plant genome. Stress, either viral, nutri­ tional or tissue-culture induced causes heritable changes in the genome. Infection with the crown gall bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens results in the transfer of bacterial DNA into the plant genome.

Keywords

plants

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Hohn
    • 1
  • Elisabeth S. Dennis
    • 2
  1. 1.Friedrich Miescher-InstitutBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.CSIRO Division of Plant IndustryCanberraAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-7091-8765-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Vienna 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7091-8767-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-7091-8765-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0175-2073
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