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Part II Plant Sciences: suggested reading list for long vacation

M1: Plant signalling networks

LUCAS, M., LAPLAZE, L. and BENNETT, M.J. (2011), Plant systems biology: network matters. Plant, Cell & Environment, 34: 535-553. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3040.2010.02273.x

Kong, Xu and Jamieson (2020) Plant Sense: The Rise of Calcium Channels. Trends in Plant Science. DOI 10.1016/j.tplants.2020.06.002 ;

Casal, J.J. (2013) Photoreceptor Signaling Networks in Plant Responses to Shade. Annu. Rev. Plant Biol. 64:403–27. doi:10.1146/annurev-arplant-050312-120221

G. E. D. Oldroyd and O. Leyser, (2020) Science. 368, 45. DOI: 10.1126/science.aba0196

M2: Microbes: Evolution, genomes and lifestyle

Archibald (2015) Endosymbiosis and Eukaryotic Cell Evolution. Current Biology Volume 25, Issue 19, Pages R911-R921

Falkowski PG and Raven JA (2007) Aquatic Photosynthesis. Princeton University Press

Hull R (2013) Plant Virology. Fifth edition

Moore D, GD Robson, APJ Trinci (2011) 21 st Century Guidebook to Fungi. Cambridge University Press

Fawke et al: Oomycete Interactions with Plants: Infection Strategies and Resistance Principles Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. September 2015 79(3): 18 263-280

M3: Evolution and ecosystem dynamics

Willis KJ Mc Elwain JC (2014) The Evolution of Plants, 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press.

Niklas KJ (2016) Plant Evolution: An Introduction to the History of Life. University of Chicago Press.

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


Early flowers and angiosperm evolution Else Marie Friis, Peter R. Crane, Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen. (2011) (iDiscover:

Plant life : a brief history / Frederick B. Essig. (2015) (iDiscover:

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