Authors : A Rashid

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About the Author

A Rashid :-
He has researched and taught at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, for over 40 years. After an initial interest in bryophytes, an opportunity of post-doctoral research in the lab of Prof HE Street (University of Leicester, UK) was the turning point in his interest on cell physiology of higher plants. For furtherance of his research he was awarded Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to work in the lab of Dr J Reinert (Freie University at Berlin) on pollen physiology and biotechnology and in the lab of Prof H Mohr (University of Freiburg) on physiology of phytochrome.
Dr Rashid's research topics have been protonema, protoplast, pollen and phytochrome. He has published over 80 research papers and a few reviews in international journals.

About the Book

The book covers the entire course on archegoniate plants which is prescribed in the syllabi of different universities for undergraduate students. The presentation is comprehensive and innovative.
The book describes different divisions of plant kingdom related to archegoniate plants covering their life cycle, relationship, classification and economic importance. Details of different genera in terms of morphology, anatomy, reproduction and sexuality have been explained with due diagrams. The book also discusses topics like heterospory, seed habit, leaf phylogeny, stellar system, alternation of generations, regeneration in general and special role of germ cells—egg and spore—in life cycle.
Experimental studies described in the book highlight the phenomena of apogamy and apospory, their occurrence, induction and alternate role in life cycle. Also given are accounts on micropropagation of gymnosperms and ferns, for commerce and industry.

Key Features

• Covers Bryophytes, Pteridophytes and Gymnosperms
• Loaded with up-to-date information gathered through research results
• Supports description through explicit diagrams for clear understanding
• Short and to-the-point description so as to cover the entire syllabus within a semester

Table of Content

Section-I: Bryophytes
• Introduction to Bryophytes • Hepaticeae/Hepaticopsida • Anthocerotae/Anthocerotopsida/Hornwot • Musci/Bryopsida • Alternation of Generations in Bryophytes

Section-II: Pteridophytes
• Introduction to Pteridophytes • Psilopsida • Lycopsida • Equisetopsida • Pteropsida • Comparative Morphology • Regeneration • Alternation of Generations in Pteridophytes

Section-III: Gymnosperms
• Introduction to Gymnosperms • Cycadales (Cycadaceae) • Coniferales • Ephedrales • Gnetales (Gnetaceae) • Economic Importance and Micropropagation