305 pages, colour illus, photos
&i;Physiology and Behaviour of Plants&o; looks at plants and how they sense and respond to their environment. It takes the traditional plant physiology book into a new dimension by demonstrating how the biochemical observations underlie the behaviour of the plant. In many ways the book parallels courses studied at university on animal physiology and behaviour. The plant has to meet the same challenges as an animal to survive, but overcomes these challenges in very different ways. Students learn to think of plants not only as dynamic organisms, but aggressive, territorial organisms capable of long range communication.
The book is based on a successful course that the author has run for several years at Sussex University, UK. It relates plant biochemistry to plant function and is printed in four colour throughout. It includes a wealth of illustrations and photographs that engages the reader's attention and reinforce key concepts explored within the text and presents material in a modern 'topic' based approach, with many relevant and exciting examples to inspire the student.
This book, with Scott's enthusiasm and clear writing style, offers a refreshing approach to introductory plant biology. Recommended. (CHOICE, March 2009) "Author Peter Scott's approach is to present basic concepts of plant physiology and development in an enthusiastic and engaging manner. Hence, he tries to use his passion for his subject to be an effective teacher, and his enthusiasm is evident throughout the book. One of the clear strengths of this book are the high quality color diagrams. I enjoyed reading ... and came away with good ideas for new approaches to teaching topics in plant biology. The book could be useful in a number of courses in botany and plant biology at the freshman and sophomore level." (Plant Science Bulletin, Winter 2008)
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