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Part II Plant Sciences: suggested reading list for long vacation

M1: Plant signalling networks

Harmer, S. (2009) The circadian system in higher plants. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol. 2009. 60:357–7

Kim TH, Böhmer M, Hu H, Nishimura N, Schroeder JI. (2010). Guard cell signal transduction network: advances in understanding abscisic acid, CO2, and Ca2+ signaling. Annual Review of Plant Biology 61, 561-591

M2: Microbes: Evolution, genomes and lifestyle

Bhattacharya et al (2004) Photosynthetic eukaryotes unite: endosymbiosis connects the dots. Bioessays 26: 50-60 Barbrook AC et al. (2010) Organization and expression of organelle genomes. Phil. Trans Roy. Soc. B 365:785-797 Falkowski PG and Raven JA (2007) Aquatic Photosynthesis Princeton University Press

M3: Dynamics, history and phylogeny of vegetation

Willis KJ Mc Elwain JC (2002) The Evolution of Plants Oxford Niklas KJ (1997) Evolutionary Biology of Plants, Chicago

De Quieroz (2007). Species concepts and species delimitation. Systematic Biology 56: 879-886.

Feild, TS & Arens, NC (2005) Form, function and environments of the early angiosperms: merging extant phylogeny and ecophysiology with fossils 166:383-408

L1: Plant genomes & synthetic biology

Law and Jacobsen (2010) Establishing, maintaining and modifying DNA methylation patterns in plants and animals. Nature Reviews Genetics 11:204-20

Khalil and Collins (2010) Synthetic biology: applications come of age. Nature Reviews Genetics 11:367-79. More information at

Mechanisms in Plant Development, Ottoline Leyser and Stephen Day, Wiley-Blackwell 2002

L2: Responses to global change (interdepartmental with Zoology)

Thomas, CD et al (2004) Extinction risk from climate change. Nature 427:145-148

Willis, S. et al (2009) Assisted colonisation in a changing climate: a test study using two UK butterflies. Conservation Letters 2: 45-51.

L3: Frontiers in plant metabolism

Vanhercke T, Wood CC, Stymne S, Singh SP, Green AG. (2012) Metabolic engineering of plant oils and waxes for use as industrial feedstocks. Plant Biotechnol J. 11:197-210

Pauly M, Keegstra K. (2010) Plant cell wall polymers as precursors for biofuels. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 13:305-12

Kirby & Keasling (2009) Biosynthesis of Plant Isoprenoids: Perspectives for Microbial Engineering. Annual Review Plant Biology 60: 335-355

Langdale JA, (2011) C4 cycles: past, present, and future research on C4 photosynthesis. Plant Cell 23: 3879-92

Reading for Zoology courses open to PartII Plant Sciences students:

Conservation Science

Leopold (1948).  A Sand County almanac. Oxford University Press. MacKay (2009).  Sustainable energy without the hot air.  UIT Cambridge. Roberts (2007).  The unnatural history of the oceans. Island Press.

Terborgh & Estes (eds) (2010). Trophic cascades. Island Press.

Evolution and Behaviour Populations and Societies

Rockwood.Introduction to Population Ecology. Blackwells, Oxford (A reasonably comprehensive but short book that gives an introduction to most issues covered in the course).

Begon, Harper and Townsend. Ecology, Blackwells.  (Read predator-prey, competition and disease chapters).

Stearns, S.C. & Hoekstra, R. (2005).  Evolution, an introduction, 2nd Edition.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.  (Read the chapter on life history strategies).

Human Evolutionary Ecology

Danchin, E., Giraldeau, L.-A. & Cezilly, F. (2007) Behavioural ecology (an up-to-date textbook with a different emphasis to Krebs & Davies).

Davies, NB, Krebs, JR and West, SA (2012) An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology (4th Edn.) Wiley-Blackwell

Dawkins, R. (1976/1989) 'The selfish gene', O.U.P.

Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B., eds. (1997). 'Behavioural ecology: an evolutionary approach'. Blackwell Scientific Publications. (more detailed chapters on specific topics)

Maynard Smith, J. (1982). Evolution and the theory of games. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Williams, G.C. (1966). Adaptation and Natural Selection: A Critique of some Current Evolutionary Thought. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.

Applied Ecology

Foley, J.A. et al. (2011). Solutions for a cultivated planet.  Nature 478, 337 - 342. Mulder CPH et al. 2011. Seabird Islands - Ecology, Invasion and Restoration. OUP

Nelson, M.I., Holmes, E.C. (2007) The evolution of epidemic influenza. Nature Reviews Genetics 8, 196-205