A stunning landmark co-publication between the American Society of Plant Biologists and Wiley-Blackwell. The Molecular Life of Plants presents students with an innovative, integrated approach to plant science. It looks at the processes and mechanisms that underlie each stage of plant life and describes the intricate network of cellular, molecular, biochemical and physiological events through which plants make life on land possible. Richly illustrated, this book follows the life of the plant, starting with the seed, progressing through germination to the seedling and mature plant, and ending with reproduction and senescence. This "seed-to-seed" approach will provide students with a logical framework for acquiring the knowledge needed to fully understand plant growth and development. Written by a highly respected and experienced author team The Molecular Life of Plants will prove invaluable to students needing a comprehensive, integrated introduction to the subject across a variety of disciplines including plant science, biological science, horticulture and agriculture.
Russell Jones was born in Wales and completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Michigan State University before being appointed to the faculty of the Department of Botany at the University of California at Berkeley in 1966. He is now a Professor of the Graduate School at UC Berkeley. Helen Ougham has a B.A. in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She has carried out research in plant science for over 25 years at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research and Aberystwyth University, and she teaches regularly on graduate courses in genetics and genomics at the University of Birmingham and in crop science at the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, Zaragoza. Howard Thomas studied at Aberystwyth University and is a DSc in the University of Wales. He was head of cell and molecular biology research and member of the management board at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research. He has held visiting professorships at the Universities of California, Bern and Zurich and is currently Emeritus Professor of Biology at Aberystwyth University. Susan Waaland earned a B.A. in Biology at Earlham College in Indiana and a Ph.D. in Botany at the University of California at Berkeley. She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington and continued there as a faculty member in Botany and Biology. She spent a year in the Botany Department at the University of California at Davis through the NSF Visiting Professorships for Women Program. She is now an Emeritus Lecturer in Biology at the University of Washington.
Preface xxiii Part I Origins 1 Plant life: a primer 3 2 Molecules, metabolism and energy 42 3 Genome organization and expression 74 4 Cell architecture 114 Part II Germination 5 Membrane transport and intracellular protein trafficking 149 6 Seed to seedling: germination and mobilization of food reserves 181 7 Metabolism of reserves: respiration and gluconeogenesis 218 Part III Emergence 8 Light perception and transduction 251 9 Photosynthesis and photorespiration 284 Part IV Growth 10 Hormones and other signals 329 11 The cell cycle and meristems 371 12 Growth and development 405 Part V Maturation 13 Mineral nutrient acquisition and assimilation 455 14 Intercellular and long-distance transport 504 15 Environmental interactions 534 Part VI Renewal 16 Flowering and sexual reproduction 585 17 Development and dormancy of resting structures 629 18 Senescence, ripening and cell death 664 Acknowledgments, credits and sources 707 Index 713