Plant Molecular Genetics

By Monica A. Hughes
June 1996
Pearson Education / Longman
ISBN: 0582247306
248 pages, Illustrated
$89.50 Paper original


Plant Molecular Genetics is split into four parts: the first deals with the structure and inheritance of plant genomes; the second with the biology of Agrobacterium tumefaciens and its use in plant transformation; the third with key topics in plant molecular biology, including nitrogen fixation, the effect of light on plant development, flowering, breeding systems and disease resistance. The final section provides an overview of plant biotechnology, including a discussion of its future prospects.

I. PART ONE: Plant genome structure.
1 Nuclear genome.
2. The inheritance of nuclear genes.
3. Chloroplast genome.
4. Mitochondria.
5. Transposable elements.

II. PART TWO: Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
6. Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
7. Ti Plasmid as a vector for plant transformation.

III. PART THREE: Plant molecular biology.
8. Symbiotic nitrogen fixation.
9. Tissue-specific expression of plant genes: seed storage protein genes.
10. Effect of light on plant development.
11. Flowering.
12. Breeding systems.
13. Reaction of plant to changes in the environment.
14. The molecular biology of disease and pest resistance .

IV PART FOUR: An introduction to plant biotechnology.
15. Transgenic plants.
16. Prospects for plant biotechnology.

• The use of mutants in the analysis of plant processes is emphasized, together with the important strategies used in cloning plant genes and in the molecular analysis of gene function and expression
• Presented in two-color format to illustrate molecular structures and aid comprehension

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