If one wants multiple copies it is better to make them immediately while the plant is on the machine. These machines, well suited for halftone reproduction, are the same ones that can produce excellent acetate projectuals. For this purpose perhaps the Xerox is the best. Lastly, and astonishingly enough, the new Xerox now being introduced will do these same prints and transparencies in color!
Nearly all the botanical journals issued today are characterized by a similarity of emphasis, the focus usually being "mere records of observations and experiments" or descriptions of new taxa. There are few "journals of ideas". This is not to say, of course, that ideas are lacking in the journals of today, but simply that interpretative aspects of plant form and structure are all too frequently made secondary to descriptive emphasis.
TAXON, however, still is the vehicle of taxonomists and systematists. What is needed is a journal of structural botany one free of the necessay nomenclatural embroilment of TAXON , which makes ideas and concepts primary to experiments and descriptional data. Structual botany has had a number of attempts at this type of journal. All these excellent journals, however, have deviated considerably from their original general, synthetic nature and goals and have become increasingly reductionistic.
Two of these journals no longer even publish book reviews. In all these journals the written word has succumbed more and more to photographic documentation. Although this reductionistic tendency is perhaps indicative of the times, it was also evident in the s and s. We believe that today there is just as valid a need for such a journal, perhaps more so in view of the overall reductionistic trend of science.
The need is particularly critical in structural botany anatomy, morphology, paleobotany, and systematics since so much of its emphasis today is evolutionary and even philosophical. We prefer the latter course for a variety of reasons. The purpose of this note is to solicit reaction to various proposals and, hopefully, to obtain some quantitative expression in the form of written opinions from the botanical community so that if such is forthcoming, as we hope and expect, a society and publisher will assume financial and editoral responsibility of a new journal of structural botany.
The paragraphs above repeatedly contain the phrase "journal of structural botany". While this would be an appropriate enough title, it is too prosaic. This would serve two purposes. Foremost, it pays tribute to Agnes Arber nee Robertson , who has been called "the most distinguished as well as the most erudite contemporary British plant morphologist" Tansley, , New Phytol.
Secondly, the journal title is brief and in the tradition of one-word periodical titles so dear to the heart of Elmer Drew Merrill see Merrill, , "One-name periodicals", Brittonnia Contributions dealing with both vascular and non-vascular plants would be welcome. Emphasis would be on verbal communication, partly to attempt a revival of the lost art of writing.
Figures would be permissible, but extensive photographic documentation would be discouraged, if not prohibited. Summary diagrams, if not extensive, would be more appropriate in part to attempt a revival of the lost art of drawing! Suggestions and commentary including ones dealing with practical aspects as editoriship, frequency of issue, cost, sponsorship, etc. Areas of particular interest are the Mediterranean region, temperate Chile and Argentina, the Andean uplands, New Zealand, southwestern and southeastern Australia including Tasmania , montane Papuasia, montane eastern Africa, Taiwan, Japan, the Himalayas, and certain portions of the People's Republic of China.
Botanists who plan to travel to these areas, who wish to supplement their field expenses, and are willing to collect desiderata for the Botanical Garden, are eligible for modest subsidies from this fund. Applications should include a curriculum vitae of the applicant, the planned itinerary, a statement of anticipated costs not met by other funding. Applicants should also arrange to have a letter of recommendation sent separately; in the case of graduate students, the letter should come from the research advisor.
Continuing with much the same format, it will include publications of. Papers will be concerned with systematic botany in a broad sense, including such fields as chemotaxonomy, numerical taxonomy, morphology, anatomy, cytology, palynology, ecology, geography, and paleobotany insofar as they have a systematic bent. All groups of plants will be treated. Manuscripts are being considered now for the first issue under NYBG editorship.
Potential contributors should request instructions from the Editor, John T. Papers are to be of short to medium length as in the past. One goal is for relatively rapid publication, months after final acceptance. It recognizes the best paper in plant systematics based on a doctoral dissertation published during the previous year. Papers published in are now being considered for the Award. Reprints of such papers should be sent to Peter H.
Louis, Missouri Publications are listed by subject and indexed by title and series. The catalog of publications is available free on request from Unipub, the exclusive United States distributor of WMO publications. After serving for fourteen years as Research Associate in the Herbarium of the University of South Florida, she has retired to Phoenix, Arizona where she now resides. Essig, presently of Cornell University, will join the faculty in September, James L.
Luteyn received his Ph. His interests and future research will involve the taxonomy and phylogenetic systematics of the neotropical Vacciniaceae-Ericaceae. Hitchcock was cited as a peerless teacher of botany to young students, foresters and interested adults as well as a definitive researcher and authority of plants of Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
He directed and was principal author of the monumental Vascular Plants of the Pacific Northwest and the Flora of the Pacific Northwest. He began this important work while a faculty member at the University of Montana from Some preference will be given to candidates with special interests in Physiological Ecology or the genetical aspects of population analysis, but anyone trained or with teaching and research experience in basic plant ecology is welcome to apply.
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Opportunity to extend activities including research. On Friday, April 25, , Arturo Erhardo Burkart, one of Argentina's outstanding botanists passed away after a short, sudden illness. Just three months earlier, he had received the Bernardo A. Houssay prize from the Organization of American States OAS in recognition of his pioneering work in the biology and breeding of alfalfa as well as his careful work on the taxonomy of the Leguminosae and studies of the flora and vegetation of Argentina.
Professor Burkart was born in Buenos Aires on September 25, Upon his return he published the first work on Drosophila genetics that appeared in the South American literature. Horovitz in Genetics. Under Burkart's directorship, the herbarium and its library became one of the most important in Latin America. In addition, he edited for almost 40 years Darwiniana, the botanical publication of the Darwinion Institution. Versatile in his scientific endeavours, he published more than articles dealing with aspects of general botany, genetics and agriculture.
His book, Las Leguminosas Argentinas , , the result of many years of painstaking studies in this family, is widely used both in Argentina and abroad. One of his last research projects completed just before his death was a complete revision of Prosopis, a difficult genus which he began studying in At the time of his death he was actively engaged in the preparation and publication of the Flora of Entre Rios, two volumes of which have already appeared. Professor Burkart was a generous scientist and loved to teach, advise and stimulate young botanists either visiting the Darwinion or at the University of Buenos Aires where he taught for 45 years.
Throughout the Argentine political upheavals which often involved the universities during the last three decades Professor Bur-kart provided an example to his students, collaborators and fellow biologists. Endowed with a strong personality, he was kind, honest, brave and idealistic but he always argued openly for what he believed was right for Argentina or its institutions. Whenever his colleagues were in difficult situations, he did not hesitate to give them needed support. He gained the respect of Argentine scholars because he was a gentleman, a rigorous scientist,.
His death is a significant loss to the Argentine scientific community. Professor Burkart is survived by his wife Nelida Troncoso, also a distinguished taxonomist and his great collaborator in the development of the Darwinion, his daughter Silvia, a plant physiologist, and his sons Rodolfo, a plant ecologist and Arturo, a chemist. Juan H. Roger E. He has served on the Miami faculty since His undergraduate study was completed at Ohio Northern University B.
During this service he was nominated as one of Ohio's outstanding biology teachers. Graduate study was completed at the University of South Dakota M. Broadly trained in ecology, his chief interest was in allelopathy and its role in plant succession. This interest was emphasized in his research and that of his students on succession in abandoned fields. He, with his students, contributed journal articles on these studies, and he had reviewed progress in this work as a participant in symposia at national and international meetings.
Wilson fulfilled an integral role in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department of Botany. Noted as an interesting and stimulating lecturer, he was an effective, popular teacher who was frequently sought as a speaker or resource person. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Miami University and contributed importantly to its program.
These services, among others, attest to the high respect which was held for his judgment and ecological expertise throughout the University. Aitken, Yvonne Flowering time, Climate and Genotype. Melbourne Univ. Allred, Dorald M. Brigham Young Univ. Barnett, J. Pankhurst A New Key to the Yeasts.
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Tait, R. DeSanto Elements of Marine Ecology. Thunberg, Carl Peter Flora Japonica. Van Emden, Helmut F. Pest Control and its Ecology. Van der Vossen, H. Agricultural Reports Volpe, E. Brown Company Publishers, , Dubuque, Iowa. Welsh, Stanley L. Press, , Provo, Utah. White, H. Alaska Northwest Publishing Co. Welsh, S. Wood, Carroll E. Harper and Row, , New York.
National Academy of Sciences, , Washing-ton, D. Plant Tissue and Cell Culture. University of California Press, Berkeley. The advances in plant tissue culture have been many in the years that have passed since P. White and R. Gautheret wrote their respective compendia more than two decades ago. Among the many new methodologies are protoplast cultures, transgenosis gene transfer , protoplast fusion, monoploid cultures derived from microspores or from gametophytes, single-cell cloning, the widespread use of high-salt media, newly discovered hormones, and so on.
Street of Leicester University, whose work with nutritional and developmental aspects of cultured plants' cells is well-known. Street has contributed several chapters to the book; other contributors were P. Aitcheson, D. Butcher, E. Cocking, P. Evans, P. Ingram, P. King, J. Reinert, N. Sunderland and M. Although their work generally is also well-known, I feel the book would have benefited from a short biography and perhaps a photo of each contributor. The chapter headings are as follows: introduction, laboratory organization, tissue callus cultures, — techniques, cell suspension cultures — techniques, the isolation of protoplasts, general cytology of cultured cells, nuclear cytology single-cell clones, pollen and anther culture, growth patterns in tissue callus cultures, growth patterns in cell cultures, aspects of organization — organogenesis and embryogenesis; the origins, characteristics and culture of plant tumour cells; growth of plant parasites in tissue culture, old problems and new prospectives.
Therefore, we see that with the possible exception of embryo and ovule culture, the field of plant cell, tissue and organ culture is adequately covered. Books composed of a collection of chapters authored by various experts in the specialties of a burgeoning area of research are becoming quite commonplace. This particular one is a long step from P.
White's first book on plant tissue culture, and I suppose it proves how far we have come in that it now requires a number of writers to cover the field once the bailiwick of one man. The shepherding of several authors by an acknowledged expert to produce a synthesis of this kind has advantages.
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Certainly, we receive the benefit of the combined wisdom of specialists. At the same time, such a book often tends to be disjointed. Street has done an admirable job of putting together a number of highly individualized offerings and the resulting book is a useful one. That it too suffers from discontinuities and a certain patchiness of style is perhaps to be expected, and is not particularly objectionable. A nice historical introduction is presented by Street and covers many of the highlights of plant tissue culture serving to place the modern work in perspective. In the following chapter, on laboratory organization, the approach gets a bit heavy handed with floor plans, fancy glassware, and elaborate devices attended by practitioners in surgical dress.
This needlessly complicates matters and obscures the point that much useful and important tissue culture work is done in an ordinary laboratory with fairly unsophisticated equipment. The late Carl LaRue used to say that the beauty of plant tissue culture was that it could be done almost anywhere with a very modest outlay.
Once past the imposing array of laboratory equipment, we are into the actual culturing of plant tissues. This part generally is well-written and interesting and presents a variety of well known and reliable methods and media. However, a drawback of the book in my estimation is the omission of a list of vendors. Tissue culturists of course have their favorite techniques and no doubt some have been left out that should have been included, but a beginning tissue culturist will find just about everything needed to get well underway.
However, this is not simply a recipe book, and chapters on cytology and development of cell and tissue cultures deal with many of the theoretical aspects of the science. Taken as a whole, I recommend the book to those who are hoping to learn tissue culture, as well as to those who are already doing tissue culture.
Introduction to Biophysical Plant Physiology. Botanists in practically all disciplines will find this to be a fascinating, yet demanding treatment of biological applications of physical chemistry and to be of great interest and value in their own field. The applicable knowledge of botany, physics and chemistry are brought together in a very readable form by Dr. Nobel to provide a basic understanding of physiological processes in plants.
The eight chapters develop the bio-physical-chemical principles that control the physiological processes in plants. The chapter subjects are cell, water, solutes, light, photosynthesis bio-energetics, leaves and plants. In the last two chapters he brings together the physiological role and energetics of water, CO2 and solar energy in the physiological processes of leaves and whole stands of plants.
The book is well illustrated and referenced. For in-stance, the chapter on cells contains an extensive discussion on function with illustrations of various plant cells, their location in the plant and their structure. The body of the text contains many references for those wishing to go into greater detail.
Also, there is a set of problems at the end of each chapter. These help to demonstrate the usefulness of the biophysical models in different disciplines of botany ranging from the level of the whole plant through cellular to organelle and from algae to trees. The appendices are an important part of this book and most useful not only in conjunction with the text but in their own right.
In addition to the usual sections on abbreviations, constants and variables, there are sections on calculus, Gibbs free energy and chemical potential, and some comments on irreversible thermodynamics. These last three sections are most helpful to anyone who needs some reassurance or review in these areas. Nobel has produced a well written, easy to read and use text and reference book. I would recommend it as a text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in plant physiology as well as a reference hook for all botanists whose work is in or even touches on any aspect of physiology.
The Geography of Flowering Plants, 4th edition. London, Ronald Good's plant geography book first published in is a classic but, unlike many other classics, it has been brought up to date on three occasions , and, now, Throughout it has remained the standard reference book for all kinds of flowering-plant botanists by reason of its extensive lists of taxa with various patterns of distribution, its excellent appendices and a superb range of indexes Plant Names; Persons and Places; Subjects.
There are references in the Bibliography of the 4th edition, 27 well-chosen plates and 86 other illustrations most but not all maps tastefully and appropriately chosen. Professor Good has an easy-toread writing style which converts this reference book into interesting literature. Consequently, it is easy and truthful for me to write, as my reviewer's opinion, that this book should be purchased by all libraries and by every botanist who is concerned in any way with the evolution and dispersal of flowering plants.
Nevertheless, a review should be critical and I must point out some less than optimal features of the book, most of which result from its updating rather than rewriting after all, more than a quarter of a century has gone by since it first appeared. Maintaining the bulk of the text and making additions particularly at the ends of chapters no doubt kept down the cost of the newest edition and we should be grateful for that , but it some-times leads to informational disparities.
Too frequently one encounters statements such as that on page in a discussion of methods of studying geological history and its relationship to past distributions of plants , "Most recently of all an entirely new method has been applied A sentence on page that includes the phrase "opinion today" on the causes of ice ages refers simply to publications by Zeuner in and Professor Good was an early supporter of theories of Continental Drift and took account particularly of the writings of Wegener and Du Toit.
However, with the flood of papers that has burst forth in the past decade on Plate Tectonics, Sea-floor Spreading, and the like, it is rather unfortunate that for this topic the end-of-chapter addition is brief in proportion to the textual material surviving from previous editions. All of us hope to become Emeritus Professors, and we may dream of our retirement as the opportunity for freedom to read and write with no conflicting demands upon our time, but we often forget that the retired professor usually lacks some of the facilities and assistance that "active" faculty take for granted.
In these circumstances, Professor Good, who retired in , has kept up remarkably well with the books that have been published since Understandably, he seems to this reviewer to have been less successful in reviewing the mass of journal articles that has appeared in this decade, particularly with regard to material that has a supportive function rather than being directly plant geographical. He would probably not claim to be a plant physiologist or a population geneticist, so the biological explanations that he gives for the phytogeographical facts are few and tend to be rather superficial.
Some chapters in this book have scarcely been touched in revision because little alteration was called for. Whereas the world picture has changed considerably in recent years, understanding of the plant geography of the British Isles has changed less and the picture for Professor Good's favorite English county, Dorset, has scarcely changed at all.
Incidentally, this feature of the book — its illustration of the differences of approach necessary in moving from world scale to regional scale and even county scale studies — remians one of its very valuable instructional aspects. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that in reading this "Fourth Edition" in order to be able to write this review, I found many items that have spurred me into further thought about my own research.
I believe that this will be the common experience of readers and it means that a botanist's outlay of twenty seven dollars plus sales tax but keeping in mind an income tax deduction is well worth while. I am most grateful to the Editor of the Plant Science Bulletin for saving me the expense which, otherwise, I should have undertaken cheerfully. Volume I. Seeds consist of an endosporic megasporangium surrounded by one or two sheathing layers integuments.
The young sporophyte develops within the seed, which on germination splits to release it. The earliest known seed plants date from the latest Devonian Famennian stage. Angiosperms produce seeds enclosed in a structure such as a carpel or an ovary. Plant physiology encompasses all the internal chemical and physical activities of plants associated with life. The energy of sunlight, captured by oxygenic photosynthesis and released by cellular respiration , is the basis of almost all life.
Photoautotrophs , including all green plants, algae and cyanobacteria gather energy directly from sunlight by photosynthesis. Heterotrophs including all animals, all fungi, all completely parasitic plants, and non-photosynthetic bacteria take in organic molecules produced by photoautotrophs and respire them or use them in the construction of cells and tissues. Molecules are moved within plants by transport processes that operate at a variety of spatial scales.
Subcellular transport of ions, electrons and molecules such as water and enzymes occurs across cell membranes. Minerals and water are transported from roots to other parts of the plant in the transpiration stream. Diffusion , osmosis , and active transport and mass flow are all different ways transport can occur. In vascular plants, these elements are extracted from the soil as soluble ions by the roots and transported throughout the plant in the xylem.
Most of the elements required for plant nutrition come from the chemical breakdown of soil minerals. Plants are not passive, but respond to external signals such as light, touch, and injury by moving or growing towards or away from the stimulus, as appropriate. Tangible evidence of touch sensitivity is the almost instantaneous collapse of leaflets of Mimosa pudica , the insect traps of Venus flytrap and bladderworts , and the pollinia of orchids. The hypothesis that plant growth and development is coordinated by plant hormones or plant growth regulators first emerged in the late 19th century.
Darwin experimented on the movements of plant shoots and roots towards light  and gravity , and concluded "It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the tip of the radicle. Cytokinins are a class of plant hormones named for their control of cell division especially cytokinesis. The natural cytokinin zeatin was discovered in corn, Zea mays , and is a derivative of the purine adenine.
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Zeatin is produced in roots and transported to shoots in the xylem where it promotes cell division, bud development, and the greening of chloroplasts. They are involved in the promotion of germination and dormancy-breaking in seeds, in regulation of plant height by controlling stem elongation and the control of flowering.
It inhibits cell division, promotes seed maturation, and dormancy, and promotes stomatal closure. It was so named because it was originally thought to control abscission. It is now known to be the hormone that stimulates or regulates fruit ripening and abscission,   and it, or the synthetic growth regulator ethephon which is rapidly metabolised to produce ethylene, are used on industrial scale to promote ripening of cotton, pineapples and other climacteric crops. Another class of phytohormones is the jasmonates , first isolated from the oil of Jasminum grandiflorum  which regulates wound responses in plants by unblocking the expression of genes required in the systemic acquired resistance response to pathogen attack.
In addition to being the primary energy source for plants, light functions as a signalling device, providing information to the plant, such as how much sunlight the plant receives each day. This can result in adaptive changes in a process known as photomorphogenesis. Phytochromes are the photoreceptors in a plant that are sensitive to light. Plant anatomy is the study of the structure of plant cells and tissues, whereas plant morphology is the study of their external form. Other plastids contain storage products such as starch amyloplasts or lipids elaioplasts. Uniquely, streptophyte cells and those of the green algal order Trentepohliales  divide by construction of a phragmoplast as a template for building a cell plate late in cell division.
The bodies of vascular plants including clubmosses , ferns and seed plants gymnosperms and angiosperms generally have aerial and subterranean subsystems. The shoots consist of stems bearing green photosynthesising leaves and reproductive structures. The underground vascularised roots bear root hairs at their tips and generally lack chlorophyll. The root system and the shoot system are interdependent — the usually nonphotosynthetic root system depends on the shoot system for food, and the usually photosynthetic shoot system depends on water and minerals from the root system.
In fact it is possible to grow an entire plant from a single leaf, as is the case with Saintpaulia ,  or even a single cell — which can dedifferentiate into a callus a mass of unspecialised cells that can grow into a new plant. Roots are often adapted to store food such as sugars or starch ,  as in sugar beets and carrots. Stems mainly provide support to the leaves and reproductive structures, but can store water in succulent plants such as cacti , food as in potato tubers , or reproduce vegetatively as in the stolons of strawberry plants or in the process of layering.
All gymnosperms and many angiosperms are woody plants. Although reference to major morphological categories such as root, stem, leaf, and trichome are useful, one has to keep in mind that these categories are linked through intermediate forms so that a continuum between the categories results.
Systematic botany is part of systematic biology, which is concerned with the range and diversity of organisms and their relationships, particularly as determined by their evolutionary history. Biological classification is the method by which botanists group organisms into categories such as genera or species. Biological classification is a form of scientific taxonomy.
Modern taxonomy is rooted in the work of Carl Linnaeus , who grouped species according to shared physical characteristics. These groupings have since been revised to align better with the Darwinian principle of common descent — grouping organisms by ancestry rather than superficial characteristics. While scientists do not always agree on how to classify organisms, molecular phylogenetics , which uses DNA sequences as data, has driven many recent revisions along evolutionary lines and is likely to continue to do so.
The dominant classification system is called Linnaean taxonomy. It includes ranks and binomial nomenclature. The nomenclature of botanical organisms is codified in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi, and plants ICN and administered by the International Botanical Congress. Kingdom Plantae belongs to Domain Eukarya and is broken down recursively until each species is separately classified. The scientific name of a plant represents its genus and its species within the genus, resulting in a single worldwide name for each organism.
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Lilium is the genus, and columbianum the specific epithet. The combination is the name of the species. When writing the scientific name of an organism, it is proper to capitalise the first letter in the genus and put all of the specific epithet in lowercase. Additionally, the entire term is ordinarily italicised or underlined when italics are not available.
The evolutionary relationships and heredity of a group of organisms is called its phylogeny. Phylogenetic studies attempt to discover phylogenies. The basic approach is to use similarities based on shared inheritance to determine relationships. They do not obviously resemble a typical leafless cactus such as an Echinocactus. However, both Pereskia and Echinocactus have spines produced from areoles highly specialised pad-like structures suggesting that the two genera are indeed related.
Judging relationships based on shared characters requires care, since plants may resemble one another through convergent evolution in which characters have arisen independently. Some euphorbias have leafless, rounded bodies adapted to water conservation similar to those of globular cacti, but characters such as the structure of their flowers make it clear that the two groups are not closely related. The cladistic method takes a systematic approach to characters, distinguishing between those that carry no information about shared evolutionary history — such as those evolved separately in different groups homoplasies or those left over from ancestors plesiomorphies — and derived characters, which have been passed down from innovations in a shared ancestor apomorphies.
Only derived characters, such as the spine-producing areoles of cacti, provide evidence for descent from a common ancestor. The results of cladistic analyses are expressed as cladograms : tree-like diagrams showing the pattern of evolutionary branching and descent. From the s onwards, the predominant approach to constructing phylogenies for living plants has been molecular phylogenetics , which uses molecular characters, particularly DNA sequences, rather than morphological characters like the presence or absence of spines and areoles.
The difference is that the genetic code itself is used to decide evolutionary relationships, instead of being used indirectly via the characters it gives rise to. Clive Stace describes this as having "direct access to the genetic basis of evolution. Genetic evidence suggests that the true evolutionary relationship of multicelled organisms is as shown in the cladogram below — fungi are more closely related to animals than to plants. In , the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group published a phylogeny for flowering plants based on an analysis of DNA sequences from most families of flowering plants.
As a result of this work, many questions, such as which families represent the earliest branches of angiosperms , have now been answered. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Botany disambiguation and Botanic disambiguation. For the journals, see Plant Science journal and Plant Biology journal. Main article: History of botany. Further information: Human nutrition. Plants make various photosynthetic pigments , some of which can be seen here through paper chromatography.
Chlorophyll a. Chlorophyll b. The Calvin cycle Interactive diagram The Calvin cycle incorporates carbon dioxide into sugar molecules. Carbon fixation. Carbon dioxide. Glyceraldehydephosphate G3P. Inorganic phosphate. Ribulose 5-phosphate. Main article: Plant ecology. Main article: Plant genetics. A Punnett square depicting a cross between two pea plants heterozygous for purple B and white b blossoms. Further information: Molecular genetics. Main article: Epigenetics.
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