Contents: Preface. I. Biotechnology, Gene Expression and Genetically Engineered Crops: 1. GE crops: need, potential and contentions/H.S. Gehlot, N.S. Shekhawat and A. Hemantaranjan. 2. Transposable elements and plant gene expression/W. Siripornadulsil and E. Grotewold. II. Transgenic Plants - Physiology and Biochemistry: 3. Approaches to improve the nutritional values of transgenic plants by increasing their methionine contentr/Rachel Amir and Gad Galili. III. Plant Metabolism - Biochemical and Molecular Advances: 4. Biotin metabolism in plants: biochemical and molecular characterizations/C.Alban, L.Denis, A. Picciocchi and R.Douce. 5. The abundant proteins in sesame seed: storage proteins in protein bodies and oleosins in oil bodies/Jason T.C. Tzen, Miki M.C. Wang, Sorgan S.K. Tai, Tiger T.T. Lee and Chi-Chung Peng. 6. Plant casein kinases/T.Yupsanis and C. Vergidou. IV. Recent Advances in Plant Signaling, Growth and Development: 7. Peptide hormone mediated signaling in plants exhibits mechanistic similarities in animals/T. Dresselhaus and S. Sprunck. 8. Salicylic acid in the plant signaling network/Thierry Genoud, Marcela Beatriz Trevino Santa Cruz, Jean-Pierre Metraux, Christiane Nawrath. 9. Polyamines in plant growth and development/S.N. Mishra, Kanchan Makkar and Sarita Verma. 10. Cavitation fatigue-the weakening of cavitation resistance of xylem and its reversibility/Uwe G. Hacke, Volker Stiller and John S. Sperry. V. Physiology of Stresses in Plants: 1. The physiological mechanism of aluminum tolerance in Glycine max L./Hideaki Matsumoto, Zhen Ming Yang, Jiang Feng You and Hai Nian. 12. Physiological options for mitigating drought and salinity in pulses/J.D.S. Panwar. 13. Root studies under drought: different methodology/J.D.S. Panwar and A. Bhattacharya. VI. Crop Physiology and Biochemistry. 14. Phenology of groundnut/A.L. Singh. VII. Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetics of Nodulation and Nitrogen Fixation: 15. The synthesis and the roles of glutathione and homoglutathione in legumes/J.Harrison, A. Puppo and P.Frendo. 16. Physiology and genetics of rhizobia-legume nitrogen fixation/Michael A. Torres and Gary Stacey. VIII. Techniques in Plant Physiology: Fluorescence imaging : the stethoscope of the plant physiologist/R.Valcke. IX. Protocols of Plant Cell Viability: 18. Plant cell viability assessment/N. Steward and J.L. Goergen. X. Nitrogen Metabolism: 19. Nitrogen metabolism in plants under CO2 enriched atmosphere/A.C. Srivastava, A.K. Tiku, Neeru M. Sharma and U.K. Sengupta. Index.
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