New Books

New books
(updated October 2010)

Plant Stress Biology: From Genomics to Systems Biology
Heribert Hirt (Editor)
Wiley-Blackwell. October 2009. ISBN: 978-3-527-32290-9

This is the first book to present a comprehensive and advanced discussion on the latest insights into plant stress biology. Starting with general aspects of biotic as well as abiotic stresses, this handbook and ready reference moves on to focus on topics of stress hormones, technical approaches such as proteomics, transcriptomics and genomics, and their integration into systemic modeling. This book is a valuable resource for researchers as well as professionals not just in plant sciences but also in cell and molecular biology as well as biotechnology.

Nitric Oxide in Plant Physiology
Shamsul Hayat, Masaki Mori, John Pichtel, Aqil Ahmad (Eds.).
Wiley-Blackwell. October 2009. ISBN: 978-3-527-32519-1.

Written by a truly global team of researchers from Europe, Asia and the Americas with strong ties to agricultural research centers and the agrochemical industry, this ready reference and handbook focuses on the role of nitric oxide signaling in plant defense systems against pathogens, parasites and environmental stress response. This is one of the first titles to provide a comprehensive overview of the physiological role of this ubiquitous signaling molecule in higher plants, making it an indispensable resource not only for academic institutions but also for those working in the agrochemical industry.

The Molecular Organography of Plants
Quentin Cronk .
Oxford University Press, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-19-955036-4

Written by a leading figure in the emerging discipline of plant “evo-devo” (evolutionary developmental genetics). Offers a unique synthesis of classical morphology and molecular developmental biology. Provides an authoritative overview of plant construction at the organ level, incorporating details of the molecular mechanisms responsible. Integrates pattern and process throughout.
From the cells of aquatic algae to the majestic redwoods towering 100 metres above the California coast, the history of plant evolution has been one of increasing complexity. The underlying rationale for this book is to answer the question: How, when land plant embryos at a few-celled stage are essentially comparable, do plants achieve such radically different adult phenotypes, from mosses to tree-ferns, and grasses to oak trees? The Molecular Organography of Plants chronicles the origin, and importance, of the complex plant organs that have allowed plants to shape the earth’s biosphere, and seeks to explain why and how the genetic mechanisms governing these developmental trajectories have
diverged so much. It provides a detailed account of the organs produced by land plants (stems, roots, leaves, seeds, flowers) into which is incorporated what is rapidly becoming known of the molecular mechanisms responsible. Plant organs are therefore discussed in the context of the evolution of development (“evo-devo”), and their basis in molecular developmental genetics is described. The result is a novel synthesis of classical morphology and molecular developmental biology that takes a broad look at the evolution of plant form.

Signaling in Plants
Frantisek Baluska and Stefano Mancuso
Springer. 2009. Series: Signaling and Communication in Plants. ISBN: 978-3-540-89227-4

This book addresses diverse aspects of signaling at all levels of plant organization, starting from single molecules; through vesicle recycling and organelles, dynamic actin cytoskeletons, and plant organs bending in response to sensory stimuli induced by abiotic cues such as gravity and light; up to the whole organism as related to its circadian clock or pathogen defense. Emphasis is placed on the integrative aspects of signaling, which foster our understanding of sensory and communicative plants in all their complexity.

Photoperiodism. The Biological Calendar
Edited by Randy J. Nelson, David L. Denlinger, and David E. Somers
Oxford University Press USA, 2009. ISBN 978-0-19-533590-3.

This book examines the role of photoperiod (day length) in timing seasonal adaptations in plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, and is the first to present such a broad perspective on the subject in quite some time. The current literature is distinctly separated among researchers working with these different taxa, resulting in inefficiency and redundancies. The field is poised to make rapid progress in the understanding of seasonal clocks at all levels of analysis, and Photoperiodism brings together experts working in disparate areas to stimulate
conversation among investigators from all related disciplines. At the end of the book, the three editors analyze common themes in photoperiod time measurement across taxa, as well as common and dissimilar approaches to the study of photoperiodism, and propose future directions in research on photoperiodic time measurement.

Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology
By Ara Kirakosyan and Peter B. Kaufman.
Springer, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-4419-0193-4

For this volume, we have brought together a group of contributors who address the most recent advances in plant biotechnology and what they mean for human progress and a more sustainable future. Plant biotechnology, which is gaining in importance, applies in three major areas: the control of plant growth and development, the protection of plants against environmental and biotic stresses, and the expansion of ways by which specialty foods, biochemicals and pharmaceuticals are produced. Our lives are being affected in many ways, particularly in connection with sustainable food production and distribution systems, genetically modified organisms, integrative medicine strategies to treat human diseases, bioremediation of toxic waste sites, alternative energy production systems that utilize bioenergy sources, and both risks and benefits that fall within the rubric of plant biotechnology.
The topics covered in Recent Advances in Plant Biotechnology will be a valuable resource to plant biotechnologists, plant biologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, pharmacologists, and pharmacists; agronomists, plant breeders, and geneticists; ethnobotanists, ecologists, and conservationists; medical practitioners and nutritionists; research investigators in industry, federal laboratories, and universities; and students and teachers in the biological
and biomedical sciences.

Introduction to Plant Biotechnology
Chawla, H.S.
Oxford&Ibh Publishing Co. Pvt Ltd. 2009. ISBN 978-1-57808-636-8.

This book has been written to meet the needs of students for biotechnology courses at various levels of undergraduate and graduate studies. This book covers all the important aspects of plant tissue culture viz. nutrition media, micropropagation, organ culture, cell suspension culture, haploid culture, protoplast isolation and fusion, secondary metabolite production, somaclonal variation and cryopreservation. For good understanding of recombinant DNA technology, chapters on genetic material, organization of DNA in the genome and basic techniques involved in recombinant DNA technology have been added. Different aspects on rDNA technology covered gene cloning, isolation of plant genes, transposons and gene tagging, in vitro mutagenesis, PCR, molecular markers and marker assisted selection, gene transfer methods, chloroplast and mitochondrion DNA transformation, genomics and bioinformatics. Genomics covers functional and structural genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, sequencing status of different organisms and DNA chip technology. Application of biotechnology has been discussed as transgenics in crop improvement and impact of recombinant DNA technology mainly in relation to biotech crops.

Weedy and Invasive Plant Genomics
C. Neal Stewart, Jr.
Wiley-Blackwell 2009. ISBN: 978-0-8138-2288-4

Weedy and Invasive Plant Genomics offers a comprehensive, up-to-date reference on genetic and genomics research in weedy and invasive plants. Forward-looking in its approach, the work also assesses the areas of future research necessary to defeat these agricultural pests. This research-based, scholarly work engenders a further understanding of weeds and invasive plants, opening avenues for developing more effective methods of managing them. This volume will be a necessary reference for weed scientists, agrochemical industry researchers, conservation geneticist, and plant biologists.

Reactive Oxygen Species in Plant Signaling
L. A. del Rio (CSIC, Granada, Spain), A. Puppo (INRA Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France (Eds.)
Springer. Life Sciences. 2009. ISBN 978-3-642-00389-9.

Until recent years the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was generally considered to be a harmful process and a generator of oxidative stress. But more recently this concept has been re-evaluated and the term “oxidative signaling” was coined (Foyer and Noctor, 2005). This means that ROS generation is also an important component of the signaling network of plants. Results obtained during the last decade have highlighted that ROS are key regulators of plant metabolism, morphology and development which are also used by plants to respond to environmental challenges. The role of ROS as signals for gene expression has been established, and ROS also modulate the activity of key signaling compounds such as MAP kinases. The volume of research into the roles of ROS in plants is currently growing and the purpose of this book is to present recent advances in this field.

Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants: Physiological, Molecular and Genomic
Foundation
Pareek, A.; Sopory, S.K.; Bohnert, H.J.; Govindjee (Eds.)
Springer. 2009. ISBN: 978-90-481-3111-2
Environmental insults such as extremes of temperature, extremes of water status as well as deteriorating soil conditions pose major threats to agriculture and food security. Employing contemporary tools and techniques from all branches of science, attempts are being made worldwide to understand how plants respond to abiotic stresses with the aim to help manipulate plant performance that will be better suited to withstand these stresses. The present book on abiotic stress is an attempt to search for possible answers to several basic questions related to plant responses towards abiotic stresses. This book presents a holistic view of the general principles of stress perception, signal transduction and regulation of gene expression. Further, chapters in this book analyze not only model systems but extrapolate interpretations obtained from models to crops. Lastly, we discuss how stress-tolerant crop or model plants have been or are being raised through plant breeding and genetic engineering approaches. Twenty three chapters, written by international authorities, integrate molecular details with overall plant structure and physiology, in a text-book style, including key references. This book serves as a complete package on the basics and applications for abiotic
stress response sensing and genetic and metabolic response pathways in plants; it is designed for use by advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and beginning researchers in the area of stress biology, plant molecular biology, plant physiology, agriculture, biochemistry and environmental biology.

Grapevine Molecular Physiology & Biotechnology
By Kalliopi A. Roubelakis-Angelakis
Springer. 2nd ed., 2009. ISBN: 978-90-481-2304-9
http://www.springer.com/978-90-481-2304-9
Grapevine is one of the most widely cultivated plant species worldwide. With the publication of the grapevine genome sequence in 2007, a new horizon in grapevine research has unfolded. Thus, we felt that a new edition of ‘Molecular Biology & Biotechnology of the Grapevine’ could expand on all the latest scientific developments. In this edition and with the aid of 73 scientists from 15 countries, ten chapters describe new aspects of Grapevine Molecular Physiology and Biotechnology and eleven chapters have been revised and updated.
This book is intended to be a reference book for researchers, scientists and biotechnological companies, who want to be updated in viticultural research, but also it can be used as a textbook for graduate and undergraduate students, who are interested in the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plants with an emphasis on the Grapevine

The New Oxford Book of Food Plants (second edition)
by John G. Vaughan and Catherine A. Geissler.
Oxford University Press USA, 2009. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-0-199-54946-7.

This new edition of a classic book about the plants we eat provides accurate and attractive illustrations and exhaustive textual descriptions of the plants that serve the human race for food. The book also presents detailed nutritional information on food plants, as well as ancient and modern methods of preservation and preparation, including insight into hybridization and genetic modification.

Chemical Elements in Plants and Soil: Parameters Controlling Essentiality
By Stefan Fränzle
Springer. 2009. Series: Tasks for Vegetation Science , Vol. 45. ISBN: 978-90-481-2751-1

Earlier works on plant essential elements have revealed a series of complicated, counterintuitive relationships among various chemical elements in different plant species, due to both unlike usage of certain elements in plants and to different carriers effecting resorption and transport. In an attempt to provide a more coherent theory behind plant mineral nutrition, this groundbreaking book adopts a very different approach from the existing literature, presenting an explanation of the essentiality of chemical elements in biological systems and the application of stoichiometric network analysis (SNA) to the biological system of elements. Starting with data from biochemical environmental analysis, and a discussion of the phenomena involved in metal ion partition and autocatalytic behaviour, conditions and criteria controlling the partition of metals into biomass are investigated. Several rules are derived and investigated in terms of their interaction both in comparisons among contemporary organisms and in terms of evolution. This allows the construction, for example of a map which directly traces the biological feature of essentiality to parameters of coordination chemistry.
The book will have worldwide appeal for researchers interested in fields such as soil/plant interactions, bioinorganic chemistry, plant nutrition, phytomining, bioremediation, biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling, soil chemistry, and cellular physiology.

Signal Crosstalk in Plant Stress Responses
Keiko Yoshioka and Kazuo Shinozaki (Eds.)
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-8138-1963-1

Signal Crosstalk in Plant Stress Responses focuses on current findings on signal crosstalk between abiotic and biotic stresses, including information on drought, cold, and salt stress and pathogen infection. Divided into seven chapters on critical topics in the field, the book is written by an international team of expert authors. The book is aimed at plant scientists, agronomists, and horticulturalists, as well as students.

Plant Metabolic Networks
J. Schwender, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA (Ed.)
Springer. Life Sciences. 2009. ISBN 978-0-387-78744.

Plants are the basis for human nutrition and of increasing interest for the chemical industry as a source of chemical feed stocks. Fuels derived from plant biomass will increasingly replace fossil fuels in the future. In order to increase crop productivity, design new plant products, and create new energy crops, there is need for methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis of metabolism which are able to guide the rational re-design of metabolic networks. In this book, recent advances in qualitative and quantitative analysis of metabolism are summarized to give an overview of the current state of knowledge. Principles of the analysis
of network structure, flux analysis, and kinetic modeling are described as are analytical methods necessary to produce the data needed for metabolic flux analysis and for kinetic modeling. The analysis of larger metabolic networks is only possible by using computer assistance. Therefore each chapter of the book shall also describe software available for this purpose.

 

NOBEL Prizes and Life Sciences
by Erling Norrby (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden)
ISBN:   978-981-4299-36-7
Word Scientific, 2010
This book discusses the most important prize in the world of science and gives unique historical insights into how the laureate selection process has developed to secure optimal choice.

Phytohormones and Patterning
The Role of Hormones in Plant Architecture

by Esra Galun (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel)
ISBN:   978-981-4293-60-0
Word Scientific, 2010
Phytohormones and Patterning provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive information on the processes involved in the patterning of plant organs and tissues, as well as the role of phytohormones in organ development. It also provides an account of the molecular-genetic bases of plant architecture, with several hundred references included to facilitate easier literature search of this important field.
Although plant patterning and plant hormones are very active fields of endeavor, there are limited reviews focussing on specific topics such as root patterning and short apex differentiation. This book, which deals with the subject matter extensively, will provide a much needed comprehensive discussion on the entire scope of plant patterning, and the impact of phytohormones on patterning, which was otherwise missing.