Russian Journal of Genetics, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2002, p. 342. Translated from Genetika, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2002, p. 430. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2002 by Deineko, Shumnyi. BOOK REVIEWS Genetics of Plant Development by L.A. Lutova, N.A. Provorov, O.N. Tikhodeev, I.A. Tikhonovich, L.T. Khodzhaiova, and S.O. Shishkova E. V. Deineko and V. K. Shumnyi For Russian biologists, the beginning of the third tids, and mitochondria. Quite logically, the last chapter millenium was marked by many events, including the of the ﬁrst part discusses the symbiotic origin of plas- appearance of the new textbook Genetics of Plant tids and mitochondria. Development by L.A. Lutova, N.A. Provorov, The second part consists of ﬁve chapters and consid- O.N. Tikhodeeva, I.A. Tikhonovich, L.T. Khodzhaiova, ers the genetic basis of plant development from the and S.O. Shishkova (St. Petersburg State University) early ontogenetic stages to senescence and death. Using published by Nauka (St. Petersburg) in 2000. vast illustrative material, all stages of the life cycle of All problems considered in this book are among the higher plants are described starting from seed germina- most extensively studied problems of modern genetics. tion and ending with the formation of next-generation The textbook reviews the current concepts of plant seeds. The genetic control of this complex process is morphogenesis and differentiation and molecular discussed in detail; the genes involved and their known genetic mechanisms of plant development. On one mutations are listed. Of particular interest are new data hand, this is certainly a great advantage of the textbook, related to the use of transgenic plants as a model to which provides the most comprehensive up-to-date study the genetic control of individual stages of plant information to researchers, undergraduates, and post- development. graduate students in this ﬁeld of biology. On the other Two chapters of the third part describe the signal hand, new data have been accumulating at a high rate regulation of plant development, including phytohor- owing to the rapid progress in the ﬁeld, which will most mone biosynthesis and mechanisms of action along probably necessitate a new edition of the textbook in with the genetic control of morphogenesis. the nearest future. At present, however, it is especially praiseworthy as a basic edition. The last three parts of the book Genetics of Plant Development review the currently available informa- The textbook consists of six parts, each including tion on symbiotic relationships of plants and microor- several chapters. The material is well illustrated with ganisms. numerous schemes and ﬁgures and supplemented with tables. Each part of the textbook ends with a short con- In total, the textbook contains the ample up-to-date clusion, which clearly and brieﬂy summarizes the information on plant developmental genetics and is the major concepts considered in the corresponding chap- most comprehensive Russian book on the subject. We ters. A list of references to works of Russian and for- think, however, that it has a substantial drawback: it eign authors is given at the end of each part. was printed only in one thousand copies. The textbook The ﬁrst part of the handbook deals with the speciﬁc became a rarity immediately after publication. Since features of the organization of the genetic material and schools that train not only researchers in biology, but gene expression in plants. Its individual chapters con- also biology teachers may use the handbook Genetics sider the problems of the genome organization in rela- of Plant Development in the lecture courses on genet- tively autonomous genetic systems of the nucleus, plas- ics, the need of its new edition is already urgent. 1022-7954/02/3803-0342$27.00 © 2002 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica”
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