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New Frontiers in Bryology : Physiology, Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics - Andrew J. Wood

New Frontiers in Bryology

Physiology, Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics

By: Andrew J. Wood (Editor), Melvin J. Oliver (Editor), David J. Cove (Editor)

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Published: 30th April 2004
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The mosses (Bryophatea, Musci) are a diverse and widely distributed group of land plants. Mosses are attractive experimental plants because they exhibit the traditional attributes of good model systems (Le. ease of growth & maintenance, fast generation time, and amenable genetics) with the added advantage of a haploid gametophyte that allowed developmental mutants to be recovered with relative ease. In addition, mosses with the ability to tolerate extreme environmental conditions offer realistic models for the analysis of environmental stress-tolerance; particularly when compared to tracheophytes such as Arabidopsis thaliana in which these important plant phenotypes are either not clearly expressed or entirely lacking. And, in one of the most exciting developments in Plant Biology, efficient homologous recombination occurs in the moss Physcomitrella patens. The ability to perform efficient homologous recombination (Le. gene knock-outs) in P. patens is at present unique amongst all plants and represents an extremely powerful technique for the functional analysis of many plant genes. Over the past 5 years, a world-wide community of moss researchers has evolved. A highly successful "Moss" conference has been held annually (l998-Mumbai, India; 1999-Carbondale, IL, USA; 2000-Villars, Switzerland; 200l-0kazaki, Japan; 2002-Ambleside, UK; 2003-St. Louis, MO, USA) with "Moss 2004" planned to be held in Frieburg Germany. These conferences have been instrumental in the creation & development of strong collaborative ties, and the free exchange of both ideas and materials.

Preface
Molecular Phylogeny of Bryophytes and Peculiarities of their Chloroplast and Mitochondrial DNAs
Genomes and Databases
Principles of Targeted Mutagenesis in the Moss Physcomitrella patens
Applied Genomics in Physcomitrella
Molecular Biology and Genomics of the Dessication-tolerant Moss Tortula ruralis
Evolution of the Organellar Transcription Machinery in Bryophytes and Vascular Plants
Gene Tagging, Gene- and Enhancer-trapping and Full-length cDNA Overexpression in Physcomitrella patens
Lipid Metabolism in Mosses
Phytochrome in Mosses
Blue/UV-A Light Signaling in Moss
The Use of Mosses for the Study of Cell Polarity
Index
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ISBN: 9781402019968
ISBN-10: 1402019963
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 30th April 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.53