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Description - Flowering in Higher Plants by Charles Ainsworth

The flowers of higher plants not only contain the organs of plant reproduction but are of fundamental importance in giving rise to fruits and seeds, which constitute a major component of the human diet. This book opens with a chapter on the basic angiosperm flower structure and its proposed evolution from primitive plants. This is followed by a chapter on the floral transition (the genes involved in turning the vegetative meristem into the floral meristem and its patterning) and one specifically focusing on the organ identity genes. Chapters on variation and the genetic control of flower shape and colour and the control of flower opening/closing conclude the first part of the volume. The following three chapters address deviations from the standard, perfect flower with coverage of monoecious plants, dioecious plants and cytoplasmic male sterility. The book concludes with chapters on the architecture of the inflorescence (as opposed to the flower), flowering in perennials, evolutionary changes in flowers and inflorescences, flower senescence and the physiology of flowers post-harvest. Applied aspects are stressed wherever appropriate. The volume has been designed to complement an earlier volume in our Annual Plant Reviews series, O'Neill, S. D. and Roberts, J. A. (2002) Plant Reproduction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405128087
ISBN-10: 1405128089
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 166mm x 24mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles Ainsworth

Charles Ainsworth, Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory, Imperial College London, Kent, UK