Overview for Encyclopaedia of Plant Bioinformatics
Plants are the basis of life on earth. They produce the life-supporting oxygen we breathe, they are essential for our nutrition and health as they provide the environment for the vast biodiversity on earth. For centuries, humans have selected plant varieties that best fit their purposes and developed crop plants that have many advantages as compared to natural (wild) plants in quality, quantity and farming practices.
The revolution in life sciences signaled by genomics dramatically changes the scale and scope of our experimental enquiry and application in plant breeding. The complex biological processes that make up the mechanisms of pathogen resistance and provide quality to our crops are now open for a systematic functional analysis. These analysis are made with specific software on the high amounts of data generated in databases in the field of plant bioinformatics. The book has been written in simple language and lucid style. The coverage and features make it an ideal textbook for students, teachers and researchers of bioinformatics.