Annual Plant Reviews Volume 19: Plant Epigenetics

Annual Plant Reviews Volume 19: Plant Epigenetics

Editor(s): Peter Meyer

Published Online: 12 NOV 2007

Print ISBN: 9781405129770

Online ISBN: 9780470988626

DOI: 10.1002/9780470988626

About this Book

With the discovery of RNAi pathways and the histone code, epigenetics has become a popular and fast evolving research topic. Plant science has made a number of elementary contributions to this field, and the common elements of epigenetic systems have linked research groups interested in plant, fungal and animal systems.


This volume provides a comprehensive overview epigenetic mechanisms and biological processes in plants, illustrating the wider relevance of this research to work in other plant science areas and on non-plant systems. It discusses recent advances in our knowledge of basic mechanisms and molecular components that control transcriptional and post-transcriptional silencing, an understanding of which is essential for plant researchers who use transgenic lines for stable expression of a recombinant construct or for targeted inactivation of an endogenous gene. These aspects should be of special interest to the agricultural industry.


The volume illustrates the relevance of epigenetic control systems to gene regulation and plant development, examining paramutation, genomic imprinting and microRNA-based gene regulation mechanisms. Finally, it demonstrates the significance of epigenetic systems to viral defence and genome organisation.


The volume is directed at researchers and professionals in plant molecular genetics, plant biochemistry and plant developmental biology.

Table of contents

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    2. Chapter 1

      Transgene Silencing (pages 1–32)

      Ann Depicker, Matthew Sanders and Peter Meyer

    3. Chapter 3

      RNA-directed DNA Methylation (pages 69–105)

      Marjori Matzke, Tatsuo Kanno, Bruno Huettel, Estelle Jaligot, M. Florian Mette, David P. Kreil, Lucia Daxinger, Philipp Rovina, Werner Aufsat and Antonius J. M. Matzke

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