Über den Autor
Professor, Department of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. The author's repertoire of published works spreads across 150 research articles in various national and international journals. He has an experience of over three decades in his field of research, namely, tissue culture and biochemistry, being awarded with prestigeous V. Puri Medal in 2008 for his services to advancement of Botany.
Associate Professor, Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems, Oviedo University, Spain. Her research focuses on micropropagation and reproduction in ferns during the two last decades. In 2002 she obtained the award "Ramón y Cajal" by The Ministry of Science and Technology, being engaged to the Oviedo University as tenurer, full time, in the Area of Plant Physiology since then.
M. Angeles Revilla
Plant Physioloy Assistant Professor in the Biology Faculty at the Oviedo University (Spain) since 1987. Twenty years experience in plant tissue culture. She has also worked in cryopreservation and genetic stability for the last ten years, mainly in the development of protocols for in vitro shoot apices in agronomic species.
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTIONnnCONTRIBUTION OF FERNS TO UNDERSTANDING OF PLANT DEVELOPMENTnnChapter 2 Cellular, molecular and genetic changes during the development of Ceratopteris richardii gametophytesnAuthors: Salmi M, Bushart T and Roux S J nnChapter 3 Laboratory-induced Apogamy and Apospory in Ceratopteris richardiinAuthors: Cordle AR., Bui LT, Irish EE, and Cheng C-LnnChapter 4 Sexual reproduction in fernsnAuthors: Menéndez V, Revilla A, Peredo E, Revilla MA, and Fernández H.nnChapter 5 Gibberellic acid and ethylene control male sex determination and development of Anemia phyllitidis gametophytesnAuthor: Kazmierczak A.nnChapter 6 The sporophytes of seed-free vascular plants -major vegetative developmental features and molecular genetic pathwaysnAuthors: Tomescu A.nnPROPAGATION, CONSERVATION AND CONTROL OF GENETIC VARIABILITY IN FERNS.nnChapter 7 Form spore to sporophyte: How to proceed in vitro nAuthors: Menéndez V, Arbesú R, Somer M, Revilla A, and Fernández H.nnChapter 8 In vitro regeneration systems of PlatyceriumnAuthors: Camloh M and Ambrozic-Dolinsek J.nnChapter 9 Stipule propagation in five Marattioid species native to Taiwan (Marattiaceae; Pteridophyta)nAuthors: Huang Y-M, Huang M-H, Chen C-M, Chiou W-LnnChapter 10 Tree ferns biotechnology: from spores to sporophytesnAuthors: Rybczy?ski JJ and Miku?a A.nnChapter 11 In Vitro Propagation of Rare and Endangered Serpentine Fern Species nAuthors: Marsza?-Jagacka J and Kromer KnnChapter 12 Conservation of fern spores.nAuthors: Ballesteros D. nnChapter 13 Exploration of cryo-methods to preserve tree and herbaceous fern gametophytesnAuthors: Miku?a A, Makowski D, Walters C, and Rybczy?ski JJ. nnChapter 14 Pteridophyte spores viabilitynAutores: Gabriel y Galán JM, and Prada C.nnChapter 15 Microsatellites: a powerful genetic marker for fern researchnAuthor: Jiménez-Soria A.nnChapter 16 Diversity in natural fern populations: dominant markers as genetic tools.nAuthors: Peredo EL, Revilla MA, Méndez M,Menéndez V and Fernández H.nnENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY: ECOTOXICOLOGY AND BIOREMEDIATION IN FERNS nnChapter 17 Mitochondrial activity of fern spores for the evaluation of acute totoxicity in higher plant developmentnAuthors: Catalá M, Esteban M and García L. nnChapter 18 Chronic phytotoxicity in gametophytes: DNA as biomarker of growth and chlorophyll autofluorescence as biomarker of cell functionnAuthors: Catalá M and Rodriguez-Gil JL. nnChapter 19 Arsenic hyperaccumulator fern Pteris vittata: Utilities for arsenic phytoremediation and plant biotechnologynAuthor: Rathinasabapathi B.nnChapter 20 Aerobiology of Pteridophyta spores: preliminary results and applicationsnAuthor: Rodriguez de la Cruz D. nnTHERAPEUTICAL/MEDICINAL APPLICATIONSnnChapter 21 Studies on Folk Medicinal Fern: An example of "Gusuibu"nAuthor: Chang H-C, Gupta SK and Tsay H-S.nnChapter 22 Ecdysteroids in Ferns: diversity, distribution, biosynthesis and functionsnAuthors: Lafont R, Ho R, Raharivelomanana P and Dinan L.n nChapter 23 Ferns - from traditional uses to pharmaceutical development; chemical identification of active principlesnAuthors: Ho R, Teai T, Bianchini JP, Lafont R and Raharivelomanana P. nnChapter 24 Functional activities of ferns for human healthnAuthors: Lee CH and Shin SL. nnChapter 25 Toxicological and medicinal aspects of the most frequent fern species Pteridium aquilinumnAuthor: Vetter J.
In the 1970s, Rolla and Alice Tryon of Harvard organized an annual fern conference at Harvard Forest every spring. The mission of the conference was to bring together researchers from across a broad spectrum of biology whose common link was that they either studied ferns per se or utilized ferns in their experiments. Talks ranged from classical pteridological subjects such as taxonomy, paleobotany and morp- logy, to experimental areas such as ecology, physiology, development, genetics, and biochemistry. For the participants, of whom I was lucky to be one, it was an int- lectually exhilarating experience. We all learned new things, and the cross fertili- tion of different subjects and research approaches led to new ideas and a better understanding of ferns as organisms. The present volume, Working with Ferns: Issues and Applications, edited by Helena Fernández, Ashwani Kumar and Maria Angeles Revilla, carries the Harvard Forest Fern Conference philosophy into the twenty-first century. The editors have assembled a truly remarkable array of contributions dealing with fern biology. Starting with researches utilizing Ceratopteris, a fern whose speedy life cycle I discovered during my doctoral research at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew more than 40 years ago, and ending with a study of Pteridium aq- linum, a cosmopolitan species taxonomically revised by Professor Rolla Tryon, the papers in Working with Ferns: Issues and Applications offer a look at what is new in pteridology.
expose the most recent tendencies in their investigation, which is far from the traditional perspective followed.
collected articles in this volume incorporate most of novel techniques used nowadays routinely to resolve traditional questions.
volume brings a selection of chapters, each one composed by experts in their field.