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
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