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Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development : Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants - Brian A. Larkins

Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plant Seed Development

Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants

By: Brian A. Larkins (Editor), Indra K. Vasil (Editor)

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Published: 30th September 1997
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The beginnings of human civili zation can be traced back to the time , ne- ly 12 ,000 years ago , when th e early humans gradually ch anged from a life of hunting and gathering food , to producing food. This beginning of pri- tive agriculture ensured a dependable supply of food , and fostered the living together of people in groups and the development of s o c i e ty. During th is time, plant s e e ds were recognized a s a valuable s o ur c e of food and nutrition , and began to be used for growing plants for food. Ever s i n c e , plant seeds have played an important role in the development of the human civilization . Even today, s e e ds of a few crop s p e c i e s , s uc h as the cereals and legume s, are the primary s o u r c e of most human food , and the predominant commodity in international agriculture. Owing to their great importance as food for human s and in international trade , seeds have been a favorite object of s t u d y by developmental biologists and physiologi sts , nutritionist s and chem i sts . A wealth of useful information i s available on th e biology of seed s .

`The book represents the most comprehensive current review of the field of plant seed development. It is clearly written and well edited. Over 90 illustrations help to understand relationship of different regulatory processes and mechanisms. It can be recommended to advanced students as well as to researchers of physiology, genetics and molecular biology of seed as well as whole plant development. It is also valuable source of information for plant breeders and biotechnologists.' Biologia Plantarum, 43:4,(2000)

Preface
Embryogenesis in Dicotyledonous Plantsp. 3
Development of the Suspensor: Differentiation, Communication, and Programmed Cell Death During Plant Embryogenesisp. 53
Endosperm Structure and Developmentp. 73
Hormonal Regulation of Seed Developmentp. 117
The Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Embryo Storage Proteinsp. 151
The Prolamin Storage Proteins of Wheat and its Relativesp. 221
The Prolamin Proteins of Maize, Sorghum and Coixp. 257
The Storage Proteins of Rice and Oatp. 289
The Protease Inhibitors of Seedsp. 331
Starch Synthesis in the Malze Seedp. 375
Synthesis and Storage of Fatty Acidsp. 407
Accumulation and Storage of Phosphate and Mineralsp. 441
Genetic Regulation of Carbohydrate and Protein Accumulation in Seedsp. 479
Lea Proteins and the Desiccation Tolerance of Seedsp. 525
Seed Maturation and Control of Dormancyp. 545
Biotechnological Approaches to Altering Seed Compositionp. 595
Indexp. 635
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ISBN: 9780792346456
ISBN-10: 0792346459
Series: Advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology of Plants
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 650
Published: 30th September 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.14