Forest and Crop Bioteclmology, Progress and Prospects F.A. Valentine (1988) Springer-Verlag, New York, Berlin, Heidelberg, London, Paris, Tokyo ISBN 0-387-96848-2/1988, 466 pp., 36 illustrations Papers from a colloquium held 18-20 Apr. 1985 in Syracuse, New York. It contains 7 parts including: Tissue, Micropropagule and Protoplast Culture (3 contributions); Genetic and Physiological Studies of Morphogenesis (5 contributions); Genetic Engineering of Plants (4 contributions); Germplasm Maintenance and Conservation (1 contribution); Variability Among Plants Regenerated from Ceils and Tissue (2 contributions); Plant-Microbial Interactions (3 contributions); Industrial and Commercial Applications (6 contributions). 'Considerable attention ... is ... devoted to the basic techniques and procedures for economically important forest tree species ...'
Genetic Engineering, In Focus Series J.G. Williams and R.K. Patient (1988) IRL Press, Oxford, Washington DC ISBN 1 85221 071 0 (soft), 72 pp., 30 Figs., $11.95 Description of DNA cloning used for procedures of isolation and manipulation of DNA. Basic principles and commonly used methods emphasizing latest methods and their applications.
Polysaccharides, Syntheses, Modifications and Structure/Property Relations, Studies in Organic Chemistry 36 M. Yalpani (1988) Elsevier Science Publishers, Amsterdam, New York ISBN 0-4A.4-43022-9, 499 pp., Figs. & Tables, US$171.00, Dfl.325.00 This is a comprehensive coverage of a chemical class of molecules which have become most important in recent times where biotechnology has made substantial progress in its search for new products. Since the development of molecular biology, a large number of polysaccharides relevant to applications in foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and chemical fields (viscosity control, coating etc.) has been described. Structure property characterization and valuable descriptions of the advances in analytical methods provide a good background for chemical studies. Numerous aspects of polysaccharides are covered in the following 10 chapters: Introduction; Structures; General Polysaccharide Methods; Properties; Synthesis of new Carbohydrate Polymers, Polysaccharide Analogues and Conjugates; Substitution Patterns of Polysaccharide Derivatives; Chemical Modifications; Enzymatic Modifications; Alternations of Polysaccharide Integrity and Electrochemical Modifications; Structure/Property Relationships; References. Subject Index.