Plant Genome Diversity, and their Evolutionary Dynamics.

Plant Genome Diversity Volume 1 

Plant Genomes, their Residents, and their Evolutionary Dynamics

Wendel, J.F.; Greilhuber, J.; Dolezel, J.; Leitch, I.J. (Eds.)
Hardcover: 289 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (March 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3709111293
ISBN-13: 978-3709111291

In this timely new 2-volume treatise, experts from around the world have banded together to produce a first-of-its-kind synopsis of the exciting and fast moving field of plant evolutionary genomics. In Volume I of Plant Genome Diversity, an update is provided on what we have learned from plant genome sequencing projects. This is followed by more focused chapters on the various genomic “residents” of plant genomes, including transposable elements, centromeres, small RNAs, and the evolutionary dynamics of genes and non-coding sequences. Attention is drawn to advances in our understanding of plant mitochondrial and plastid genomes, as well as the significance of duplication in genic evolution and the non-independent evolution among sequences in plant genomes. Finally, Volume I provides an introduction to the vibrant new frontier of plant epigenomics, describing the current state of our knowledge and the evolutionary implications of the epigenomic landscape.

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Authors & Editors:

Jonathan F. Wendel is a Professor and Chair of the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Department at Iowa State University, where he has been on the faculty since 1986. Research interests in his lab encompass molecular and genome evolution, phylogenetics, and the phenotypic evolution of higher plants. His research group employs a diverse set of genomic technologies and approaches to explore the manner in which genomes change over evolutionary time, as well as the relationship between these events and morphological change. They have a particular interest in the mysterious and common phenomenon of polyploidy, with a special focus on the cotton genus.

Johann Greilhuber is an Associate Professor at the University of Vienna (Faculty of Life Sciences) in the Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany (formerly the Institute of Botany), where he has been a member of staff since 1968. He received his PhD in 1973 and became Professor in 1978 (Habilitation). His main research interests are genome size and the cytometric methods used to estimate it, chromosome banding, cytogenetics and karyosystematics.

Jaroslav Doležel holds a PhD degree in Genetics, which he received from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague in 1983. He spent most of his research career at the Institute of Experimental Botany in Olomouc, Czech Republic, where he established the Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cytometry and pioneered the use of DNA flow cytometry in plants. He is an Associate Professor at the Palacký University in Olomouc and his research interests focus on plant genome structure and evolution.

Ilia Leitch studied biology at Bristol University, followed by postdoctoral research at the John Innes Institute, UK, applying the technique of fluorescent in situ hybridization to study grass chromosome organization. Since 1993 she has been at the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where her work is focused on understanding the evolutionary significance of the immense diversity of plant genomes (e.g. size, number, organization and composition).
Plant Genome Diversity Volume 2
Physical Structure, Behaviour and Evolution of Plant Genomes
Editor-in-chief: Leitch, Ilia J.
Greilhuber, Johann; Dolezel, Jaroslav; Wendel, Jonathan F. (Eds.)
Hardcover: 430 pages
Publisher: Springer; 2012 edition (October 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3709111595
ISBN-13: 978-3709111598
This second of two volumes on Plant Genome Diversity provides, in 20 chapters, insights into the structural evolution of plant genomes with all its variations. Starting with an outline of plant phylogeny and its reconstruction, the second part of the volume describes the architecture and dynamics of the plant cell nucleus, the third examines the evolution and diversity of the karyotype in various lineages, including angiosperms, gymnosperms and monilophytes. The fourth part presents the mechanisms of polyploidization and its biological consequences and significance for land plant evolution. The fifth part deals with genome size evolution and its biological significance. Together with Volume I, this comprehensive book on the plant genome is intended for students and professionals in all fields of plant science, offering as it does a convenient entry into a burgeoning literature in a fast-moving field.
  1. Angiosperm phylogeny: a framework for studies of genome evolution (P. S. Soltis, D. E. Soltis).
  2. The plant nucleus at war and peace - genome organisation in the interphase nucleus (R. N. Jones, T. Langdon).
  3. The organisation of genomic DNA in mitotic chromosomes: a novel view (H. Takata, S. Matsunaga, K. Maeshima).
  4. Structural organisation of the plant nucleus: nuclear envelope, pore complexes and nucleoskeleton (E. Kiseleva, J. Fiserova, M. W. Goldberg).
  5. The plant nucleolus (P. Shaw).
  6. Cell Cycle Modules in Plants for Entry Into Proliferation and for Mitosis (Z. Magyar, M. Ito, P. Binarová, B. Mohamed, L. Bogre).
  7. Endopolyploidy in plants (J. Maluszynska, B. Kolano, H. Sas-Nowosielska).
  8. Meiosis: recombination and the control of cell division (E. Jenczewski, R. Mercier, N. Macaisne, C. Mézard). 
  9. Mechanisms of chromosome rearrangements (M. A. Lysak, I. Schubert).
  10. Biology and evolution of B chromosomes (A. Houben, A. M. B. Moghaddam, S. Klemme). 
  11. Chromosomes and Sex Differentiation (B. Janousek, R. Hobza, B. Vyskot). 
  12. Holocentric chromosomes (P. Bures, F. Zedek, M. Marková). 
  13. Karyotype diversity and evolutionary trends in angiosperms (H. Weiss-Schneeweiss, G. M. Schneeweiss). 
  14. Karyotype variation and evolution in gymnosperms (B. G. Murray). 
  15. Karyotype and Genome Evolution in Pteridophytes (M. S. Barker). 
  16. The incidence of polyploidy in natural plant populations: major patterns and evolutionary processes (B. C. Husband, S. J. Baldwin, J. Suda).
  17. Significance and biological consequences of polyploidization in land plant evolution (J. A. Fawcett, Y. van de Peer, S. Maere).
  18. Evolutionary importance of generative polyploidy for genome evolution of haploid -dominant land plants (S. A. Rensing, A. K. Beike, D. Lang).
  19. Genome size diversity and evolution in land plants (I. J. Leitch, A. R. Leitch). 
  20. Genome size and the phenotype (J. Greilhuber, I. J. Leitch).