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Two new books by Jim Birchler published

Nov. 19, 2013

The image shows Jim Birchler holding up both book books

Jim Birchler, Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences, has published two new books that will be invaluable resources to those interested in genome research.

Plant Centromere Biology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)

The vital role of centromeres – the part of the chromosome that joins two sister chromatids – in the transmission of genetic information has been well known to biologists for over a century. However, only within the last twenty years have scientists started to unravel the mystery of how these incredibly complex structures have evolved and function. Many of these groundbreaking discoveries have occurred in plants.

Plant Centromere Biology covers the classical and modern research on centromere biology in several plant species, including the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, as well as agronomic crops, such as rice, maize, and wheat. Each of the fourteen chapters is written by one or more leading researchers in the field from around the world, including two chapters by Birchler.

Plant Centromere Biology is edited by Jiming Jiang (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and James Birchler (University of Missouri). It is published by Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN 978-1-119-94921-3 © 2013) and is available in both hardback and as an eBook. For more information, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118525715.

Polyploid and Hybrid Genomics

Polyploidy and hybrid vigor play an important role in biological diversity, trait improvement, and plant species survival. However, understanding of these fundamental evolutionary phenomena remains a key challenge to biologists.

Polyploid and Hybrid Genomics synthesizes the current genomic and molecular biological research of polyploidy and hybrid vigor in crops, such as maize, cotton, wheat, and rice, as well as perspectives from yeast and Drosophila. Each of the twenty-one chapters is written by one or more leading researchers in the field from around the world, including one chapter by Birchler.

Polyploid and Hybrid Genomics is edited by Z. Jeffrey Chen (The University of Texas at Austin) and James Birchler (University of Missouri). It is published by Wiley-Blackwell (ISBN 978-0-470-96037-0 © 2013) and is available in both hardback and as an eBook. For more information, see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/9781118552872.

Related research strengths:
Evolution, Genetics & Genomics, Plant Biology