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Plant Desiccation Tolerance

Matthew A. Jenks (Editor), Andrew J. Wood (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-1263-2
340 pages
October 2007, Wiley-Blackwell
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Plant desiccation tolerance is of great basic and applied scientific interest. Understanding plant responses and adaptations to severe desiccation is key to applying desiccation tolerance research to the improvement of economically important crops. Plant Desiccation Tolerance brings together a field of international researchers to provide a current review of the advances in plant desiccation tolerance research. The book is broken up into three sections: Vegetative Desiccation Tolerance; Desiccation Tolerance of Pollen, Spores, and Seeds; and Applications of Desiccation Tolerance Research. Completely up-to-date and written by leading desiccation experts, Plant Desiccation Tolerance will be of great interest to plant researchers and plant and crop science professionals.
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1. Plant desiccation tolerance: diversity, distribution, and real-world applications.

2. Lessons on dehydration tolerance from desiccation tolerant plants.

3. Mechanisms of desiccation tolerance in Angiosperm resurrection plants.

4. Desiccation tolerance in lichens.

5. Desiccation tolerance: gene expression, pathways and regulation of gene expression .

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6. Seed desiccation-tolerance mechanisms.

7. The glassy state in dry seeds and pollen.

8. DNA structure and seed desiccation tolerance.

9. Structural dynamics and desiccation damage in plant reproductive organs.

10. Desiccation tolerance genes and avenues for crop improvement
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Dr. Matthew A. Jenks is at the Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology at Purdue University.

Dr. Andrew J. Wood is Professor of Stress Physiology and Molecular Biology in the Department of Plant Biology at Southern Illinois University.
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  • Completely up-to-date coverage of plant desiccation research
  • Chapters contributed by leading international scientists
  • Discusses possible applications of desiccation research to economically important agricultural crops
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“We recommend this publication first of all to plant-stress physiologists or plant breeders, as well as researchers who work on plant biochemistry and molecular biology, plant genetic research, and seed conservation. Agronomical sciences and, in the long term, agronomists in the field would also derive benefit from this book.” (The Quarterly Review of Biology, March 2009)
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