Department of Plant Agriculture University of Guelph Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1 CANADA
I am particularly indebted to Dr. Fawzia Afreen and Dr. S.M.A. Zobayed who edited and contributed greatly through reviewing text of each of the chapters and offering many constructive comments and suggestions; without their help this book would not have been completed. Extensive researches on photoautotrophic micropropagation and closed transplant production systems are achieved by about 200 persons once worked at Chiba University, Japan. I am grateful and thankful to all of them from the bottom of my heart. I wish to express my sincere appreciation to the former and current faculty members of my laboratory: Makio Hayashi, Kazuhiro Fujiwara, Yoshiaki Kitaya, Chieri Kubota, Changhoo Chun, Eiji Goto and Yasuhiro Ishigami. Especial thanks goes to the persons who obtained Ph.D. degree at Chiba University by their research on the above subjects are: Kazuhiro Fujiwara, Chieri Kubota, Takehiko Hoshi, Jenny Aitken-Christie, Yoshie Miyashita, Chalermpol Kirdmanee, Chan Suk Yan, Genhua Niu, Yukiko Seko, Toshio Shibuya, Jeongwook Heo, Katsumi Ohyama, Quynh Thi Nguyen, Ahmed Mahmoud Abdel-Ghany, Watcharra Chintakovid, Dongxian He, Yee Hin Lok, and Masao Nishimura. Thanks are also due to the current Ph.D. candidates at my laboratory: Kriengkrai Mosaleeyanon, Handarto, Marcio A. Couceiro and mainly to Hiromi Toida for her technical assistance to edit this book. Past and current postdoctoral fellows who made a great contribution to our research at Chiba University are: Byoung Ryong Jeong, Jeffrey Adelberg, Yong Hyeon Kim, Sayed. M. A. Zobayed, Fawzia Afreen, Genhua Niu, Sandra B. Wilson, Hyeon-Hye Kim, A.F.M. Saiful Islam, Katsumi Ohyama, and Ahmed M. Abdel-Ghany. Past visiting researchers from overseas, who contributed greatly to our research, are: Rinus le Mahieu, Helen E. Davies, Yiming Wu, Kris Pruski, Jana Pospisilova, P.S. Sha Valli Khan, Yulan Xiao, Welch McNair Bostick, Nyo Nyo, Minh Tri Nguyen, and Chengwei Ma. I would also like to acknowledge 40 former graduate students who obtained their Master's degree, and over 100 undergraduate students who obtained Bachelor's degree by their research on the above subjects at my laboratory. I am also thankful to Hiroko Nakaoka, Miho Mawatari, Mihoko Sirose, Etsuko Kanazawa for their excellent secretarial work at my laboratory. Finally, I thank my wife, Michiko, very much for her help and patience.
Toyoki Kozai July, 2004
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