Friday, September 09, 2011

New print book releases in Plant Science

Please find below all print books and eBooks in Plant Science published in the last month. Note that Springer offer PDF preview for each eBook: free access to the front matter and 10% of each chapter. Take a look inside!

Coding and Decoding of Calcium Signals in Plants
Book Series: Signaling and Communication in Plants, Vol. 10
Editor/s: Luan, Sheng
Plants cannot move away from their environments. As a result, all plants that have survived to date have evolved sophisticated signaling mechanisms that allow them to perceive, respond, and adapt to constantly changing environmental conditions. Among the many cellular processes that respond to environmental changes, elevation of calcium levels is by far the most universal messenger that matches primary signals to cellular responses. Yet it remains unclear how calcium, a simple cation, translates so many different signals into distinct responses - how is the “specificity” of signal-response coupling encoded within the calcium changes?
This book will attempt to answer this question by describing the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the coding and decoding of calcium signals in plant cells.

Date Palm Biotechnology
Editor/s: Jain, Shri Mohan; Al-Khayri, Jameel M.; Johnson, Dennis V.
This important reference book is the first comprehensive resource worldwide that reflects research achievements in date palm biotechnology, documenting research events during the last four decades, current status, and future outlook. It brings together the principles and practices of contemporary date palm biotechnology. The book is essential for researchers, policy makers, and commercial entrepreneurs concerned with date palm. It is invaluable for date palm biotechnology students and specialists. This monumental work is written by an international team of experienced researchers from both academia and industry. Each chapter contains background knowledge related to the topic, followed by a comprehensive literature review of research methodology and results including the authors' own experience and supported with illustrative tables and photographs. In addition to an introductory chapter, the book consists of thirty two review chapters highlighting progress and current research status covering various aspects of date palm biotechnology in five sections: A) Discuss the research development, methodology, and commercial application of micropropagation in seven chapters, B) Deal with the research development and applications of somaclonal variation and mutation in date palm, covered in seven chapters, C) Describe the status of date palm germplasm and current techniques employed in conservation and molecular characterization are described in seven chapters, D) Address research progress made in date palm genetics and breeding in eight chapters, E) Describe up-to-date progress made in metabolites and industrial biotechnology in three chapters.

Plant Kinases
Book Series: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 779
Editor/s: Dissmeyer, Nico; Schnittger, Arp
Modification of target protein properties by reversible phosphorylation events has been found to be one of the most prominent cellular control processes in all organisms. Recent advances in the areas of molecular biology and biochemistry are presenting new possibilities for reaching an unprecedented depth and a proteome-wide understanding of phosphorylation processes in plants as well as in other species. The major goal of Plant Kinases: Methods and Protocols is to provide the experimentalist with a detailed account of the practical steps necessary for successfully carrying out each protocol in his or her own laboratory. Plant protein kinases specifically addressed in this volume are members of the plant MAP kinase cascade, cyclin- and Calcium-dependent protein kinases, and plant sensor and receptor kinases. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology™ series format, chapters contain introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and notes on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.
Authoritative and accessible, Plant Kinases: Methods and Protocols will prove a useful laboratory companion to both novice and seasoned researchers by facilitating the practical work that will lead them to new and exciting insights in this dynamic field.

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