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 and organelle evolution
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: Genomes and Development
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 http://www.synbio.org.uk
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:
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.
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).
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.
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