310 pages, b/w photos, b/w illustrations
The original, Japanese-language edition of The Growing Rice Plant: An Anatomical Monograph has already reached its twentieth printing. This remarkable record has been made possible by the large number of farmers who utilize the book as a guide in their daily work as well as by the strong support of agricultural researchers and students. Behind this is the author's conviction that agricultural research is inseparable from practical application. This is fully reflected in The Growing Rice Plant: An Anatomical Monograph in the precision of observation and positive direction of work.
The form and condition of crop plants act as a channel of communication between farmer and crop and, as well, provide important clues for the farmer to detect the greater, exquisite system and laws of nature. This contention is contained in the author's premise that a plant's condition reflects the working and mysterious power of Life. This point of view leads to practical techniques of improving the quality and yield of crops on the one hand, and, on the other, to research into microscopic internal structures as a pathway to elucidating physiological function. Contemporary research on crop plants has become increasingly specialized, and students of the field have begun to lose an overview of the subject. In this context, the author's view of morphogenesis as a universal representation of growth is a basic, fundamental approach to the entire field of crop research. This is why The Growing Rice Plant: An Anatomical Monograph has received such unprecedented response.
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