Microspores Evolution and Ontogeny

Microspores Evolution and Ontogeny

Evolution and Ontogeny

1st Edition - January 28, 1990

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  • Editors: S. Blackmore, R. Knox
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288178

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An understanding of the processes of plant reproduction is increasingly important in the exploitation of plant resources. Microspore formation is a major event in the life cycles of land plants, allowing the transition from diploid sporophyte generation to the haploid gametophyte generation, and varies greatly between taxa in the diversity of processes involved. Despite the wealth of information available, there are very few sources which bring together the results of research work on the reproduction in all the major plant groups.**Microspores fills this gap by reviewing microsporogenesis from a systematic and evolutionary perspective in groups ranging from algae to angiosperms. Special chapters focus on structure, function, cell and molecular processes, and potential biotechnological applications of plant spores and pollen. The result is an up-to-date guide to the applications of modern techniques in the classic area of botany.**This work bridges several disciplines to provide a coherent and authoritative account which will be essential reading for research scientists and lecturers in botany, evolution, ultrastructure, reproductive and developmental biology, and palynology.


Research scientists in botany, palynology, plant breeding, and cell biology.

Table of Contents

  • S. Blackmore and R.B. Knox, Microsporogenesis: The Male Programme of Development. P.R. Crane, The Phylogenetic Context of Microsporogenesis. L.E. Graham, Meiospore Formation in Charophycean Algae. R.C. Brown and B.E. Lemmon, Sporogenesis in Bryophytes. B. Lugardon, Pteridophyte Sporogenesis: A Survey of Spore Wall Ontogeny and Fine Structure in a Polyphyletic Plant Group. T.N. Taylor, Microsporogenesis in Fossil Plants. F.-H. Wang, Microsporogenesis in Cycads and Ginkgo. M.H. Kurmann, Exine Ontogeny in Conifers. S. Blackmore and S.H. Barnes, Pollen Wall Development in Angiosperms. D. Southworth, Exine Biochemistry. E. Pacini, Tapetum and Microspore Function. M. Cresti and A. Tiezzi, Germination and Pollen Tube Formation. J.P. Mascarenhas, Gene Expression in the Angiosperm Male Gametophyte. P. Roekel, A. Chaboud, E. Matthys-Rochon, S. Russell, and C. Dumas, Sperm Cell Structure, Development and Organization. D.E. Evans, M.B. Singh, and R.B. Knox, Pollen Development: Applications in Biotechnology. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1990
  • Published: January 28, 1990
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483288178

About the Editors

S. Blackmore

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK

R. Knox

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Melbourne

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