740 pages, 250 line drawings, 1700 colour photographs, cladograms
Plant Systematics has made a substantial contribution to plant systematics courses at the upper-undergraduate and first year graduate level. This second edition continues to provide the basis for teaching an introduction to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants. A foundation of the approach, methods, research goals, evidence, and terminology of plant systematics are presented along with the most recent knowledge of evolutionary relationships of plants and practical information vital to the field.
In this second edition, the author includes greatly expanded treatments of families of lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants (all with full-color plates), a new chapter on species concepts and the role of systematics in conservation biology, and a new appendix summarizing basic statistical and morphometric techniques used in plant systematics studies. An explanation of maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference algorithms is included in methods of phylogenetic inference, and chapters on morphology and plant nomenclature have been augmented with new material.
"Michael Simpson has achieved the Herculean task of bringing together within a single book the many subdisciplines of Botany that are embraced by the ever-broadening field of Plant Systematics. Within these pages are detailed chapters focusing on plant structure and the terminology used to describe plants, the evolution and classification of plants based on the most up-to-date information, and an introduction to the plant systematists toolbox including chapters on herbarium management, specimen collection, molecular techniques, and fundamentals of nomenclature. As if this were not enough, the book is generously illustrated with full color plates that bring each topic to life. The botanical community has been waiting for a textbook like this for a long time the wait is finally over!"
– Kenneth M. Cameron, The New York Botanical Garden, U.S.A.
"This is an "enabling" book on many levels. The labeled photographs of dissections and other structural details will speed mastery of plant diversity by students, as will the eclectic assortment of exemplar species pictured. The presentations of phylogenetic and molecular systematics give an accessible introduction to these complex and rapidly changing methodologies which pervade the modern systematic literature. Unit IV and the Appendices provide students with an instruction manual to guide them in systematic research of their own. Simpson also places plant systematics within the larger context of plant biology by relating taxonomic characters to, for example, molecular models of floral development, assessment of plant breeding system ecology, and the physiology of alternative photosynthetic pathways. This allows students and non-systematists to see that these aspects of plant biology have evolutionary dimensions as well."
– David M. Johnson, Ohio Wesleyan University, U.S.A.
"I am impressed and excited about this book. I am impressed, because Mike Simpson has authored a comprehensive, up to date, user friendly, and profusely illustrated textbook that will facilitate the teaching of plant systematics. The organization, breadth of topics, and illustrations are truly exceptional; Dr. Simpson has "raised the bar" in terms of textbook quality and scope. I am excited, because this book undoubtedly will serve as a valuable teaching and learning resource for the college classroom. Instructors and students will love this book, especially with its wealth of images, clarity of presentation, and review questions and exercises after each chapter."
– Wayne J. Elisens, University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.
UNIT I SYSTEMATICS
Chapter 1 Plant Systematics: an Overview
Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Systematics
UNIT II EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF PLANTS
Chapter 3 Evolution and Diversity of Green and Land Plants
Chapter 4 Evolution and Diversity of Vascular Plants
Chapter 5 Evolution and Diversity of Woody and Seed Plants
Chapter 6 Evolution of Flowering Plants
Chapter 7 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Amborellales, Nymphaeales, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliids, Ceratophyllales, and Monocots
Chapter 8 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Eudicots
UNIT III SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMINOLOGY
Chapter 9 Plant Morphology
Chapter 10 Plant Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 11 Plant Embryology
Chapter 12 Palynology
Chapter 13 Plant Reproductive Biology
Chapter 14 Plant Molecular Systematics
UNIT IV RESOURCES IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS
Chapter 15 Plant Identification
Chapter 16 Plant Nomenclature
Chapter 17 Plant Collecting and Documentation
Chapter 18 Herbaria and Data Information Systems
UNIT V SPECIES CONCEPTS AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
Chapter 19 Species and Conservation in Systematics
Appendix 1 Plant Description
Appendix 2 Botanical Illustrations
Appendix 3 Scientific Journals in Plant Systematics
Appendix 4 Statistics and Morphometrics in Plant Systematics
Glossary of terms
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