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! Morphogenesis, or developmental morphology, is a dynamic process! and a fascinating field of investigation. Since the beginning of this century plant morphologists (Eames, 1961), anatomists (Eames and Macdaniels, 1947) and embryologists (Maheshwari, 1950) have studied the processes of development and differentiation by observing whole plants and their histological preparations and have generated a wealth of information on the structural changes associated with various developmental stages in the life cycle of a large number of plant species. Around 1940 plant morphogenesis became an experimental field when plant physiologists initiated studies on the effect of treatments, such as application of physiologically active compounds or growth regulators, irradiation, exposure to different day length, temperature and injury, on morphological and structural changes. During the past two decades geneticists and molecular biologists have become interested in plant morphogenesis and extensive work is being done to understand the regulation of gene expression during morphogenesis and how the products of genetic information control the developmental processess.
Introduction. Part I: Basic Studies. 1. Differentiation of Vascular Elements in Tissue Culture. 2. Plant Regeneration from Cultured Protoplasts. 3. Morphogenesis in Haploid Cell Cultures. 4. Light and Electron Microscopic Studies of Somatic Embryogenesis in Spruce. 5. Physiological and Morphological Aspects of Somatic Embryogenesis. 6. Developmental and Structural Aspects of Root Organogenesis. 7. Shoot Morphogenesis: Structure, Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 8. Floral and Vegetative Differentiation In Vitro and In Vivo. 9. Developmental and Structural Patterns of In Vitro Plants. 10. Morphogenesis in Cell and Tissue Cultures. 11. Regulation of Morphogenesis by Bacterial Auxin and Cytokinin Biosynthesis Transgenes. Part II: Applications. 12. In Vitro Induced Haploids in Plant Genetics and Breeding. 13. Somatic Hybridization for Plant Improvement. 14. Germination of Synthetic Seeds. 15. Morphogenesis in Micropropagation. 16. Cell Differentiation and Secondary Metabolite Production. Index.