CONTENTS:- 1. Early Evolution and the Origin of Cells 2. The Chimeric Eukaryote 3. Dynamic Evolution of Plant Mitochondrial Genomes 4. Viral and Bacterial Models 5. Phylogenetic Reconstruction of Human Influenza 6. Adaptive Evolution in Prokaryotes 7. Evolution of RNA Editing in Trypanosome Mitochondria 8. Population Structure and Recent Evolution of Plasmodium Falciparum 9. Transposons and Genome Evolution in Plants 10. Maize as a Model for the Evolution of Plant Nuclear Genomes 11. Flower Color Variation 12. Gene Genealogies and Population Variation in Plants 13. Trends and Patterns in Plant Evolution 14. Reproductive Systems and Evolution in Vascular Plants 15. Hybridization as a Stimulus for the Evolution of Invasiveness in Plants 16. Role of Genetic and Genomic Attributes in Polyploids
Plant biotechnology is a discipline that should be well known and accepted as a sub field under the umbrella of pharmaceutical biotechnology. However, to the author's surprise he could not identify any recent contribution dealing with medicinal plants and biotechnological techniques on a high comprehensive level that the subject would deserve today. He accepted this lack as a challenge to sort out the needs of the scientific community and to identify valuable topics that must be addressed in order to provide a narrow and well-defined picture of plant biotechnology.