356 pages, 52 b/w photos, 156 illus
The effective management of plants is fundamental to all agricultural enterprise. This book provides an integrated explanation of all aspects of plant form and function. Specific chapters cover water, minerals, structure, growth and development from sowing to harvest, environmental effects and controls, breeding, vegetative propogation, field production and yield, and the nutritional content of produce.
...a user-friendly text that is concisely written and well-organized...I recommend this book as one suitable for undergraduate agriculture courses that follow introductory biology. Laura A. Morrison, Plant Science Bulletin "In general, each chapter effectively blends botanical principles with applications to agricultural situations...will appeal to beginning students seeking a botanical grounding in the applied plant sciences, and serve them well." David M. Bates, The Quarterly Review of Biology
Preface; 1. Plants as the basis of agriculture; 2. Plants and water; 3. Plants and minerals; 4. Plant strength and integrity; 5. Plant growth and development: seed and seedling; 6. Plant growth and development: the vegetative plant; 7. Plant growth and development: flower, fruit and seed; 8. Plant growth and development: environmental effects and internal control; 9. Plant variation, inheritance and breeding; 10. Vegetative propagation; 11. Crop production and yield; 12. Plants as food; Index.
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