Organelle Genomes and Proteomics.- to the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of Plant Organelles.- The Evolutionary Origins of Plant Organelles.- The Somatic Inheritance of Plant Organelles.- The Sexual Inheritance of Plant Organelles.- Plastid Genomes.- Plant Mitochondrial Genomes.- Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Genomics Applied to Plant Organelles.- Organelle Gene Expression and Signaling.- The Transcription of Plant Organelle Genomes.- RNA Editing in Plant Organelles.- Plastid and Plant Mitochondrial RNA Processing and RNA Stability.- Intron Splicing in Plant Organelles.- Translational Machinery in Plant Organelles.- Regulation of Translation in Chloroplasts.- Targeting Signals and Import Machinery of Plastids and Plant Mitochondria.- Proteolysis in Plant Organelles.- Organelle Biotechnology.- Chloroplast Genetic Engineering.- Engineering Herbicide Resistance Pathways in Plastids.- Metabolic Engineering of Chloroplasts for Abiotic Stress Tolerance.- Metabolic Pathway Engineering For Nutrition Enrichment.- Plastid Metabolic Pathways for Fatty Acid Metabolism.- Metabolic Engineering: Plastids as Bioreactors.- Cytoplasmic Male Sterility and Fertility Restoration by Nuclear Genes.- The Use of Cytoplasmic Male Sterility for Hybrid Seed Production.- Somatic Cell Cybrids and Hybrids in Plant Improvement.
We have taught plant molecular biology and biotechnology at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 20 years. In the past few decades, the field of plant organelle molecular biology and biotechnology has made immense strides. From the green revolution to golden rice, plant organelles have revolutionized agriculture. Given the exponential growth in research, the problem of finding appropriate textbooks for courses in plant biotechnology and molecular biology has become a major challenge. After years of handing out photocopies of various journal articles and reviews scattered through out the print and electronic media, a serendipitous meeting occurred at the 2002 IATPC World Congress held in Orlando, Florida. After my talk and evaluating several posters presented by investigators from my laboratory, Dr. Jacco Flipsen, Publishing Manager of Kluwer Publishers asked me whether I would consider editing a book on Plant Organelles. I accepted this challenge, after months of deliberations, primarily because I was unsuccessful in finding a text book in this area for many years. I signed the contract with Kluwer in March 2003 with a promise to deliver a camera-ready textbook on July 1, 2004. Given the short deadline and the complexity of the task, I quickly realized this task would need a co-editor. Dr. Christine Chase was the first scientist who came to my mind because of her expertise in plant mitochondria, and she readily agreed to work with me on this book.
Details not only basic concepts and current understanding of plant organelle genetics and molecular biology but focuses on the synergy between basic biology and biotechnology