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Instant Notes in Plant Biology

Textbook

Series: Instant Notes

By: A Lack and D Evans

350 pages, Illus, figs, tabs

BIOS Scientific Publishers

Paperback | Dec 2005 | Edition: 2 | #154995 | ISBN: 0415356431
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NHBS Price: £20.99 $27/€25 approx

About this book

New edition of this very useful textbook.

'The style of illustrations will be of value by the stressed undergraduate...this book is based entirely on excellent line drawings which would be easy for an undergraduate to remember and perhaps even reproduce...Overall, this is definitely a book I will enjoy to have around for reference and teaching purposes.' - New Phytologist

'The contents are comprehensive and cover all areas found in first and second year courses. Agriculture and horticulture students would find this book useful. I would recommend this book to my students.' - Dr Nick Smirnoff, University of Exeter


Instant Notes in Plant Biology covers all aspects of modern plant biology. The scope and depth of this text are suitable for a first and second year undergraduate student of plant biology, including molecular biologists and biotechnologists. It is intended to provide the fundamental background required for true understanding.


Contents:
A. Introduction. B. Structure. C. Vegetative Anatomy. D. Reproductive Anatomy. E. Physiology and Regulation. F. Growth and Development. G. Sensing and Responding to the Environment. H. Floral Development and Reproductive Technology. I. Plants, Water and Nutrition. J. Metabolism. K. Plant Communities and Populations. L. Reproductive Ecology. M. Interactions Between Plants and Other Organisms. N. Human uses of Plants. O. Plant Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. P. Plant Diversity. Q. Spore-bearing Vascular Plants. R. Seed Plants.

'The style of illustrations will be of value by the stressed undergraduate ... This book is based entirely on excellent line drawings which would be easy for an undergraduate to remember and perhaps even reproduce ... Overall, this is definitely a book I will enjoy to have around for reference and teaching purposes.' - New Phytologist 'The contents are comprehensive and cover all areas found in first and second year courses. Agriculture and horticulture students would find this book useful. I would recommend this book to my students.' - Dr Nick Smirnoff, University of Exeter 'In conclusion, this book provides a very useful supplement to lecture notes and probably deserves to be on the 'recommended reading' list for every plant biology module/course. A good book, at a very good price. Well done to the authors!' Annals of Botany


Contents

A: Introduction; B: Understanding plants (methods in plant biology) - Model plants; Mutants, transgenic plants and molecular techniques; Studying plant origins and classification; Understanding plants in their communities; C: Plant Cells - The plant cell; The cell wall; Plastids and mitochondria; Membranes; Nucleus and genome; Cell division; D:Vegetative anatomy - Meristems and primary tissues; Roots; Herbaceous stems and primary growth; Woody stems and secondary growth; Leaves; E: Plants, water and mineral nutrition - Plants and water; Water retention and stomata; Movement of nutrient ions across membranes; Uptake of mineral nutrients by plants; Functions of mineral nutrients; F: Metabolism - Photosynthetic pigments and the nature of light; Major reactions of photosynthesis; C3 and C4 plants and CAM; Respiration and carbohydrate metabolism; Amino acid, lipid, polysaccharide and secondary product metabolism; G: Reproductive biology - The flower; Pollen and ovules; Breeding systems; Self incompatibility; Ecology of flowering and pollination; H: Seeds and fruits - The seed; Fruits; Seed development, dormancy and germination; Seed ecology; Regeneration and establishment; I: Sensing and responding to the environment - Phytochrome, photoperiodism and photomorphogenesis; Tropisms; Nastic responses; Abscission; Stress avoidance and adaptation; J: Growth and development - Features of growth and development; Biochemistry of growth regulation; Molecular action of hormones and intracellular messengers; Physiology of floral initiation and development; K: Plant genetic engineering and biotechnology - Plant breeding; Plant cell and tissue culture; Plant genetic engineering; L: Plant communities and populations - Physical factors and plant distribution; Plant communities; Ecology of different growth forms; Populations; Polymorphisms and population genetics; Contributions to carbon balance and atmosphere; M: Interactions between plants and other organisms - Mycorrhiza; Nitrogen fixation; Interactions between plants and animals; Fungal pathogens and endophytes; Bacteria, mycoplasma, viruses and heterokonts; Parasites and saprophytes; Carnivorous plants; N: Human uses of plants - Plants as food; Plants for construction; Plants in medicine; Plants for other uses; Bioremediation; O: Plant diversity - Diversity and life cycles; The algae; The bryophytes; Reproduction in bryophytes; P: Spore-bearing vascular plants - Early evolution of vascular plants; Clubmosses and horsetails; The ferns; Evolution of the seed; Q: Seed plants - Early seed plants; Conifers; Cycads, gingko and Gnetales; Evolution of flowering plants; Mechanisms of evolution

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Biography

Dr Andrew Lack, School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK Dr David Evans, School of Biological and Molecular Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, UK

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