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The Biology of Plants

(Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology LXXVII)

Book Series:  Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Subject Area(s):  Molecular BiologyPlant Biology

Edited by Terri Grodzicker, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; David Stewart, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory; Bruce Stillman, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

© 2013 • 352 pp., illus. 55 4C, 102 B
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ISBN  978-1-621820-26-0

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Plants are integral to human well being, and many species have been domesticated for over ten thousand years. Evidence of plant scientific investigation and classification can be found in ancient texts from cultures around the world (Chinese, Indian, Greco-Roman, Muslim etc.), while early modern botany can be traced to the late 15th and early 16th centuries in Europe. During the past several decades plant biology has been revolutionized first by molecular biology and then by the genomic era. The model organism Arabidopsis thaliana has proved an invaluable tool for investigation into fundamental processes in plant biology, many of which share commonalities with animal biology. Plant-specific processes from reproduction to immunity and second messengers have also yielded to extensive investigation. With the genomes of more than thirty plant species now available and many more planned in the near future, the impact on our understanding of plant evolution and biology continues to grow. Our increased ability to engineer plant species to a variety of ends may provide novel solutions to ensure adequate and reliable food production and renewable energy even as climate change impacts our environment. The decision to focus the 2012 Symposium on plant science reflects the enormous research progress achieved in recent years, and is intended to provide a broad synthesis of the current state of the field, setting the stage for future discoveries and application. This is the first Symposium in this historic series focused exclusively on the botanical sciences.


Symposium Participants
Reprogramming the Epigenome in Arabidopsis Pollen
F. Borges, J.P. Calarco, and R.A. Martienssen
Surprises from the Chromosome Front: Lessons from Arabidopsis on Telomeres and Telomerase
A.D.L. Nelson and D.E. Shippen
Reproductive Versatility and the Epigenetic Control of Female Gametogenesis
J.-P. Vielle-Calzada, E. Hernández-Lagana, D. Rodríguez-Leal, I. Rodríguez-Arévalo, G. León-Martínez, U. Abad-Vivero, E. Demesa-Arévalo, A. Armenta-Medina, and C. Alvarez-Mejía
Hypothesis: Selection of Imprinted Genes Is Driven by Silencing Deleterious Gene Activity in Somatic Tissues
F. Berger, T.M. Vu, J. Li, and B. Chen
Stem Cells and Polarity
Of Blades and Branches: Understanding and Expanding the Arabidopsis Ad/Abaxial Regulatory Network through Target Gene Identification
T. Liu, B.J. Reinhart, E. Magnani, T. Huang, R. Kerstetter, and M.K. Barton
How to Pattern a Leaf
N. Bolduc, D. O’Connor, J. Moon, M. Lewis, and S. Hake
On Fate and Flexibility in Stomatal Development
D.L. Wengier and D.C. Bergmann
Signaling and Development
Developmental Plasticity in Plants
M. de Jong and O. Leyser
Stem Cell Signaling in Immunity and Development
H. Lee, O.-K. Chah, J. Plotnikov, and J. Sheen
A Tale of Two Systems: Peptide Ligand–Receptor Pairs in Plant Development
J.S. Lee and K.U. Torii
Toward a Systems Analysis of the Root
P.N. Benfey
Domestication and Evolution
Epigenetic Variation, Inheritance, and Selection in Plant Populations
S. Hirsch, R. Baumberger, and U. Grossniklau
The Molecular Basis of Vernalization in Different Plant Groups
T.S. Ream, D.P. Woods, and R.M. Amasino
Color and Scent: How Single Genes Influence Pollinator Attraction
H. Sheehan, K. Hermann, and C. Kuhlemeier
Epiallelic Variation in Arabidopsis thaliana
R.C. O’Malley and J.R. Ecker
DNA Methylation, H2A.Z, and the Regulation of Constitutive Expression
D. Coleman-Derr and D. Zilberman
What Triggers Differential DNA Methylation of Genes and TEs: Contribution of Body Methylation?
S. Inagaki and T. Kakutani
Active DNA Demethylation in Plants and Animals
H. Zhang and J.-K. Zhu
Illustrations of Mathematical Modeling in Biology: Epigenetics, Meiosis, and an Outlook
D. Richards, S. Berry, and M. Howard
Small RNAs
microRNA Biogenesis and Turnover in Plants
K. Rogers and X. Chen
Use of Forward Genetic Screens to Identify Genes Required for RNA-Directed DNA Methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana
C. Eun, Z.J. Lorkovic, T. Sasaki, U. Naumann, A.J.M. Matzke, and M. Matzke
A Transcription Fork Model for Pol IV and Pol V–Dependent RNA-Directed DNA Methylation
C.S. Pikaard, J.R. Haag, O.M.F. Pontes, T. Blevins, and R. Cocklin
Deep Sequencing from hen1 Mutants to Identify Small RNA 3′ Modifications
J. Zhai and B.C. Meyers
Small RNA-Regulated Networks and the Evolution of Novel Structures in Plants
Y. Plavskin and M.C.P. Timmermans
Plant Pathogen Responses
Effector Biology of Plant-Associated Organisms: Concepts and Perspectives
J. Win, A. Chaparro-Garcia, K. Belhaj, D.G.O. Saunders, K. Yoshida, S. Dong, S. Schornack, C. Zipfel, S. Robatzek, S.A. Hogenhout, and S. Kamoun
Effector Recognition and Activation of the Arabidopsis thaliana NLR Innate Immune Receptors
A.D. Steinbrenner, S. Goritschnig, K.V. Krasileva, K.J. Schreiber, and B.J. Staskawicz
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss, but Resistant Plants Must Gather Their MOSes
K.C.M. Johnson, O.X. Dong, Y. Huang, and X. Li
Natural Variation in Maize Defense against Insect Herbivores
L.N. Meihls, H. Kaur, and G. Jander
Mechanisms of Nuclear Suppression of Host Immunity by Effectors from the Arabidopsis Downy Mildew Pathogen Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Hpa)
M.-C. Caillaud, L. Wirthmueller, G. Fabro, S.J.M. Piquerez, S. Asai, N. Ishaque, and J.D.G. Jones
Photosynthesis and Metabolism
Photosystem II: The Water-Splitting Enzyme of Photosynthesis
J. Barber
The Remarkable Pliability and Promiscuity of Specialized Metabolism
J.-K.Weng and J.P. Noel
Author Index
Subject Index

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