The Poetry of Reproduction

The Poetry of Reproduction Plant Mol Biol (2008) 68:317–319 DOI 10.1007/s11103-008-9368-7 BOOK REVIEW Beverley Glover, Understanding Flowers and Flowering. An Integrated Approach, 2007, Oxford University Press, x + 227 pp, £XX, ISBN: 978-0-19-856597-0 Lars Hennig Received: 21 May 2008 / Accepted: 16 June 2008 / Published online: 20 July 2008 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008 The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an and William Garner’s and Harry Allard’s desperate 12-year- example of the eternal seductiveness of life. long search for the physiological signal that allows flower- Jean Giraudoux, The Enchanted (1933) ing is not mentioned. It was not pure scientific curiosity but the great economic impact a non-flowering tobacco could Flowers are not only ‘‘example of the eternal seductiveness have that drove the first systematic and detailed analysis of of life’’ but flowers are also fascinating in their own rights, flowering control eventually establishing the concept of and ‘‘Understanding Flowers and Flowering’’ is an intel- photoperiodic control of flowering (Garner and Allard lectually seductive journey into the fascinating world of 1920). Anecdotal information could also have enriched the plant reproduction (Fig. 1). Did you ever wonder how chapter about the famous foliar theory originally proposed flowers might have evolved? What Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

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