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Phyllotaxis
A Systemic Study in Plant Morphogenesis

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511879333

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  • Phyllotaxis, the study of the patterns exhibited by leaves and other organs of plants, raises some of the deepest questions of plant morphogenesis. What principles of biological organisation produce these dynamical geometric systems? The constant occurrence of the Fibonacci sequence in such systems is a phenomenon that has fascinated botanists and mathematicians for centuries. In this book, first published in 1994, the many facets of phyllotaxis are dealt with in an integrated manner for the first time. The author describes a unified concept of phyllotaxis based on experimental, anatomical, cellular, physiological and paleontological observations. The book provides a framework for formal analyses of botanical data and emphasises the relevance of the phyllotactic paradigm in the study of other structures, such as crystals and proteins. It is of interest to cystallographers and physicists as well as to botanists and mathematicians.

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511879333
    • contains: 105 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    Part I. Pattern Recognition: Introduction
    1. The centric representation
    2. The fundamental theorem and its applications
    3. Hierarchal control in phyllotaxis
    4. Allometry-type model in phyllotaxis
    5. Practical pattern recognition
    Epilogue
    Part II. Pattern Generation: A Key to the Puzzles: Introduction
    6. An interpretative model
    7. Testing the interpretative model
    8. The interpretative model and whorled patterns
    9. Convergences among models
    Epilogue
    Part III. Origins of Phyllotactic Patterns: Introduction
    10. Exotic phyllotaxis
    11. Morphogenetical parallelism and autoevolutionism
    12. The challenge redefined
    Epilogue
    Part IV. Complements: Introduction
    Appendices
    Bibliography
    Indexes.

  • Author

    Roger V. Jean, Université du Québec, Montréal

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