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The Biology of Plants

meeting organized by Terri Grodzicker, Robert Martenssen, David Stewart, and Bruce Stillmann
[Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.] : Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 2012.
Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology
Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology (Series)
9781621820253 (cloth), 1621820254 (cloth), 9781621820260 (paper), 1621820262 (paper)
"Plants are integral to human well being, and many species have been domesticated for more than 10,000 years. Evidence of plant scientific investigation and classification can be found in ancient texts from cultures around the world (Chinese, Indian, Greco-Roman, Muslim, etc.), whereas early modern botany can be traced to the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Europe. During the past several decades, plant biology has been revolutionized first by molecular biology and then by the genomic era. The model organism Arabidopsis thaliana has proved to be an invaluable tool for investigation into fundamental processes in plant biology, many of which share commonalities with animal biology. Plant-specific processes from reproduction to immunity and second messengers have also yielded to extensive investigation. With the genomes of more than 30 plant species now available and many more planned in the near future, the impact on our understanding of plant evolution and biology continues to grow. Our increased ability to engineer plant species to a variety of ends may provide novel solutions to ensure adequate and reliable food production and renewable energy even as climate change impacts our environment. The decision to focus the 2012 Symposium on plant science reflected the enormous research progress achieved in recent years and was intended to provide a broad synthesis of the current state of the field, setting the stage for future discoveries and application. This is the first Symposium in this historic series that focused exclusively on the botanical sciences. The Symposium spanned a broad range of areas of investigation including genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, developmental biology, physiology, and population/evolution studies at levels ranging from the single cell to the entire organism and from single genes to genomes; plant-specific processes and pathways featured broadly throughout the meeting. Effort was made to balance fundamental biological discoveries with applications relevant to societal well being including improved crops, fuel, and habitat"--Page xv.
  • Germline: Reprogramming the epigenome in Arabidopsis pollen / F. Borges, J.P. Calarco, and R.A. Martienssen ; Surprises from the chromosome front : lessons from Arabidopsis on telomeres and telomerase / A.D.L. Nelson and D.E. Shippen ; Reproductive versatility and the epigenetic control of female gametogenesis / J.P. Vielle-Calzada, E. Hernández-Lagana, D. Rodríguez-Leal, I. Rodríguez-Arévalo, G. León-Martínez, U. Abad-Vivero, E. Demesa-Arévalo, A. Armenta-Medina, and C. Alvarez-Mejía ; Hypothesis : selection of imprinted genes Is driven by silencing deleterious gene activity in somatic tissues / F. Berger, T.M. Vu, J. Li, and B. Chen
  • Stem cells and polarity: Of blades and branches : understanding and expanding the Arabidopsis ad / abaxial regulatory network through target gene identification / T. Liu, B.J. Reinhart, E. Magnani, T. Huang, R. Kerstetter, and M.K. Barton ; How to pattern a leaf / N. Bolduc, D. O'Connor, J. Moon, M. Lewis, and S. Hake ; On fate and flexibility in stomatal development / D.L. Wengier and D.C. Bergmann
  • Signaling and development: Developmental plasticity in plants / M. de Jong and O. Leyser ; Stem cell signaling in immunity and development / H. Lee, O.K. Chah, J. Plotnikov, and J. Sheen ; A tale of two systems : peptide ligand-receptor pairs in plant development / J.S. Lee and K.U. Torii ; Toward a systems analysis of the root / P.N. Benfey
  • Domestication and evolution: Epigenetic variation, inheritance, and selection in plant populations / S. Hirsch, R. Baumberger, and U. Grossniklau ; The molecular basis of vernalization in different plant groups / T.S. Ream, D.P. Woods, and R.M. Amasino ; Color and scent : how single genes influence pollinator attraction / H. Sheehan, K. Hermann, and C. Kuhlemeier
  • Epigenetics: Epiallelic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana / R.C. O'Malley and J.R. Ecker ; DNA methylation, H2A.Z, and the regulation of constitutive expression / D. Coleman-Derr and D. Zilberman ; What triggers differential DNA methylation of genes and TEs : contribution of body methylation? / S. Inagaki and T. Kakutani ; Active DNA demethylation in plants and animals / H. Zhang and J.K. Zhu ; Illustrations of mathematical modeling in biology : epigenetics, meiosis, and an outlook / D. Richards, S. Berry, and M. Howard
  • Small RNAs: microRNA biogenesis and turnover in plants / K. Rogers and X. Chen ; Use of forward genetic screens to identify genes required for RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana / C. Eun, Z.J. Lorkovic, T. Sasaki, U. Naumann, A.J.M. Matzke, and M. Matzke ; A transcription fork model for Pol IV and Pol V : dependent RNA-directed DNA methylation / C.S. Pikaard, J.R. Haag, O.M.F. Pontes, T. Blevins, and R. Cocklin ; Deep sequencing from hen1 mutants to identify small RNA 3ʹ modifications / J. Zhai and B.C. Meyers
  • Small RNA-regulated networks and the evolution of novel structures in plants / Y. Plavskin and M.C.P. Timmermans
  • Plant pathogen responses: Effector biology of plant-associated organisms : concepts and perspectives / J. Win, A. Chaparro-Garcia, K. Belhaj, D.G.O. Saunders, K. Yoshida, S. Dong, S. Schornack, C. Zipfel, S. Robatzek, S.A. Hogenhout, and S. Kamoun ; Effector recognition and activation of the Arabidopsis thaliana NLR innate immune receptors / A.D. Steinbrenner, S. Goritschnig, K.V. Krasileva, K.J. Schreiber, and B.J. Staskawicz ; A rolling stone gathers no moss, but resistant plants must gather their MOSes / K.C.M. Johnson, O.X. Dong, Y. Huang, and X. Li ; Natural variation in maize defense against insect herbivores / L.N. Meihls, H. Kaur, and G. Jander ; Mechanisms of nuclear suppression of host immunity by effectors from the Arabidopsis downy mildew pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa) / M.-C. Caillaud, L. Wirthmueller, G. Fabro, S.J.M. Piquerez, S. Asai, N. Ishaque, and J.D.G. Jones
  • Photosynthesis and metabolism: Photosystem II : the water-splitting enzyme of photosynthesis / J. Barber ; The remarkable pliability and promiscuity of specialized metabolism / J.K. Weng and J.P. Noel.
xviii, 328 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology, 0091-7451 ; volume LXXVII
Cold Spring Harbor symposia on quantitative biology (Series) ; v. 77
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