Brassica crop species and their allies (Raphanus, Sinapis, Eruca, etc.) are important sources of edible roots, stems, leaves, buds and inflorescences, as well as of edible or industrial oils, condiments and forage. Many well known names of plants or plant products, such as kale, cabbage, brocolli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kohl-rabi, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rape, rutabaga, swede, colza or rapeseed, canola, mustard, rocket, etc. are directly associated to this botanical group. The scientific interest for this botanical group has run parallel to its economical importance, and research achievements in our days would have certainly appeared unimaginable only two decades ago. As the end of the millenium approaches, entirely new fields (transformation, somatic fusion, etc.) have been added to the classical ones. Thus, nobody can doubt the opportuneness of this book, which combines and presents both the basic and applied biological aspects of the Brassica species.


Crucifer Breeders and Researchers, Biologists, Biochemists, Agronomists

Table of Contents

Taxonomy (C. Gómez-Campo). Cultivated Brassica species. B. oleracea wild relatives. The genus Brassica. Other related genera. The tribe Brassiceae. References. Origin And Domestication (C. Gómez-Campo, S. Prakash). The phylogeny of Brassica and allied genera. Domestication of cultivated brassicas and allies. References. Cytogenetics (S. Prakash, Y. Takahata, P. B. Kirti,V. L. Chopra). The Brassica coenospecies. Crop brassicas : cytogenetic architecture. Genome manipulation. Cytogenetics of wild allies: wide hybridizations. Introgression of genes. Cytoplasm divergence and genome homoeology. Chromosome addition lines. References. Somatic Hybridization (K. Glimelius). Protoplast technology. Somatic hybrids produced between different Brassica species. Intergeneric somatic hybrids within the tribe Brassiceae. Limited gene transfer via protoplast fusion. Cytological investigations of somatic hybrids using in situ hybridization. The utilization of protoplast fusion to modify the cytoplasm. Modification of cytoplasmic traits via protoplast fusion. Conclusions. References. Self-Incompatibility (M. Watanabe, K. Hinata). Morphology and physiology. Classical genetics and dominance relationships. The S-multigene family. Signal perception and signal transduction


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About the editor

C. Gomez-Campo

Affiliations and Expertise

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Departamento de Biología Vegetal, E.T.S. Ingenieros Agrónomos, Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, Spain


@from:(R. Hell, Gatersleben) @qu:The individual chapters are written by experienced scientists in the respective fields and consequently represent state-of-the-art reviews. Since the chapters are clearly divided into relatively short paragraphs and cross-references are provided between different topics within the book, the reader can rapidly find his way even through less familiar scientific areas and methods.(...)The combination of technical information and comprehensive references make this volume a manual for all scientists involved in research with Brassicaceae.(...) @source:Journal of Plant Physiology, 157, 461 - 466