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The Biology of Seeds

The Biology of Seeds

Recent Research Advances

Edited by G Nicolas, University of Salamanca, Spain , K Bradford, University of California, Davis, USA, D Come, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France, H Pritchard, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, UK

October 2003 / Hardback / 496 Pages / 9780851996530 £125.00 / €165.00 / $240.00
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Main Description

This book presents edited and revised papers from the seventh International Workshop on Seeds, held in Salamanca, Spain, in May 2002. The key topics addressed include seed development, germination and dormancy, as well as desiccation, seed ecology and seed biotechnology.


Readership

Essential reading for those studying and researching in the areas of seed science, plant physiology, biochemistry and ecology

Seeds of Hope; Seeds of Conflict, J D Bewley, University of Guelph, CanadaPart I: Seed Development

Physiological and molecular aspects of the control of dormancy and germination in developing sorghum caryopses, R L Benech-Arnold, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, et al

Long cell, a mutant from maize producing a distorted embryo and generalized cell death, E Graziano, Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona, Spain, et al

The failure of embryonic epidermis affects seed maturation and embryo growth in pea, L Borisjuk, IPK, Germany, et al

Seed quality development in wrinkled-seeded mutant peas, T W Lyall, University of Reading, UK, et al

Galactosyl cyclitol accumulation enhanced by substrate feeding of soybean embryos, S Odorcic, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, et al

MARK, a maize atypical receptor-like kinase, expressed during embryogenesis and in the meristems of the adult plant, interacts with MIK a new GCK/SPS1 kinase, B Llompart, IBMB-CSIC, Spain, et al

Sunflower seed development as related to antioxidant enzyme activities, C Bailly, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, et al

Gamyb and BPBF transcription factors in the control of gene expression during development of barley endosperm, I Díaz, Ciudad Universitaria, Spain, et al

Peptide transport in the developing barley grain, W M Waterworth, University of Manchester, UK, et al

Oxygen as an control factor in embryogenesis of legume seeds, H Rolletschek, IPK, Germany, et al

Part II: Seed Germination and Dormancy

Hormonal and molecular events during seed dormancy release and germination, G Leubner-Metzger, Universität Freiburg, Germany

Involvement of energy metabolism and ABA in primary and secondary dormancies in oat (Avena sativa L.) seeds- a physiological approach, F Corbineau, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France, et al

Mobilization of the galactomannan-containing cell walls of tomato seeds. Where does ß-mannosidase fit into the picture? B Mo, University of Guelph, Canada, et al

Molecular cloning and expression of a gene encoding a germin-like protein in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), A L Chateigner-Boutin, UFR Sciences, France, et al

Isolation and characterization of genes related with the breaking of beechnuts dormancy and putatively involved in ethylene signal perception and transduction, A P Calvo, Unviersidad de Salamanca, Spain, et al

Developing weedy rices for map-based cloning of seed dormancy genes, M E Foley, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Fargo, USA, et al

PCNA-associated proteins during maize germination, J M Vázquez-Ramos, Avenida Universidad y Copilco, México, et al

Tissue printing for localization of mRNA expression in seeds, H Nonogak, Oregon State University, USA, et al

Translational control by differential cap-dependency in selected subpopulations of maize stored mRNAs, T Dinkova, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, México, et al

Expression of a ribosomal protein gene during germination of cabbage (Brassica oleracea f. oleracea) seeds, P E Toorop, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, et al

Proteomics of Arabidopsis seed germination and priming, K Gallardo, CNRS-INRA-Bayer CropScience, France, et al

Involvement of oxidative stress and ABA in CN-mediated elimination of embryonic dormancy in apple, R Bogatek, Warsaw Agricultural University, Poland, et al

Thermoinhibition of seed germination in winter annual plants is regulated by abscisic acid, T Yoshioka, Tohoku University, Japan, et al

SIMPLE (SIMualtion of PLant Emergence): A model for predicting crop emergence, C Dürr, Unité d’Agronomie de Laon-Reims-Mons, France, et al

Metabolic activity in germinating tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) seeds is not related to distribution of free water within the seed, H W M Hilhorst, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, et al

Some observations about seed quality and mitochondrial performance, E J Benamar, Université d’Angers, France, et al

Gibberellin regulation of aleurone cell death in germinating wheat seeds, F Domínguez, Instituto de Bioquímica Vegetal y Fotosíntesis, Spain, et alPart III: Desiccation and other Stress Tolerance and Conservation

What do we really know about desiccation tolerance mechanisms? F A Hoekstra, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, et al

Are sugar-sensing pathways involved in desiccation tolerance? O Leprince, Université d’Angers, France, et al

Gene expression during loss and regaining of stress tolerance at seed priming and drying, S P C Groot, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, et al

Proteomic analysis of maternal dominance for cold germination in maize, I Saab, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc, USA, et al

Seed life-spans and telomeres, D J Osborne, Oxford Research Unit, Oxford, UK, et al

Prediction of seed longevity: a modified model and improved fitting process, A Mead, Horticulture Research International, Warwick, UK, et al

Desiccation rate, desiccation response and damage accumulation: can desiccation sensitivity be quantified? N Pammenter, University of Natal, South Africa, et al

Is genetic fidelity maintained following the cryopreservation of the seeds of the endangered African pepper bark (Warburgia salutaris)? J Kioko, University of Natal, South Africa, et al

Structural changes in membranes of developing wheat embryos during the acquisition of desiccation tolerance, E A Golovina, Wageningen University, The Netherlands, et al

Sucrose pretreatment increases desiccation tolerance in Wampee (Clausena lansium) axes, J R Fu, Chinese Academy of Science, China, et al

Dehydration damage and its repair in imbibed spybean (Glycine max) seeds, S Q Song, Chinese Academy of Science, China, et alPart IV: Seed Ecology

New approaches to the study of evolution of physical and physiological dormancy, the two most common classes of seed dormancy on earth, J M Baskin, University of Kentucky, USA, et al

Germination deferment strategies, E Jurado, UANL, México, et al

Dormancy and germination ecology of annual ryegrass (Lolium rigidum Gaud.), A Ellery, CSIRO, Australia, et al

Phenotypic plasticity of seed germination as a component of the complementary sets of adaptations and survival strategies during the life cycle of ephemerals occurring in the Negev Desert of Israel, Y Gutterman, University of Negev, Israel

Cold-induced germination promotion in Hemerocallis dumortieri var. esculenta and H. Fulva var. littorea seeds, K Suzuki, Tokyo University, Japan, et al

Germination Stimulation of Weed Species by Smoke, S Adkins, University of Queensland, Australia, et alPart V: Seed Biotechnology

Genetic analysis and QTL mapping for cytosolic glutamine synthetase (GS) and germination traits in maize grain, M A Limami, Université d’Angers, France, et al

Physico-chemical factors influence beet (Beta vulgaris L.) seed germination, A G Taylor, Cornell University, USA, et al

Seed ageing in tomato reduces the capacity of seeds to produce ethylene, while priming increases ethylene evolution during germination, G Siriwitayawan, University of Kentucky, USA, et alClosing Lecture

Recent accomplishments and new opportunities in seed research, R L Obendorf, Cornell University, USA, et al
  • "This collection of 49 papers covers a very wide range of issues within the framework of seed biology."
    Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 35(2), 2004



  • "This book gives a comprehensive overview of the state of research on the biology of seeds. It should be consulted by all botanists with an interest in seeds."
    Frits Adema, BLUMEA, 49(1), 2004
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