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The Molecular Organography of Plants

Quentin Cronk

Abstract

This book surveys the momentous morphological change in plant evolution that created the terrestrial biosphere as we know it today. It takes as its premise that the study of plant evolution at its grandest is the study of how mutations in genes have changed the way the planet functions. The evolution of the leaf, for instance, change terrestrial carbon cycling and primary productivity, so changing the earth's atmosphere and the distribution of carbon. The book charts the rise to complexity of the three many organs systems of complex land plants, the axis or stem, the leaf, and the root. These ... More

Keywords: plant morphology, plant evolution, molecular developmental mechanisms, developmental genes, leaf, root, stem, shoot, sporangium, flower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550357.001.1

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Quentin Cronk, author
UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia, Canada