Major US textbook, covering: biological principles, chemistry, genetics, plant form and function, plant diversity, plant evolution, plant ecology.
Unit 1 Cells as the fundamental units of life: atoms and molecules - the building blocks of life; structure and function of plant cells; membrane and membrane transport. Unit 2 Plants and energy: energy and its use by plants; respiration; photosynthesis. Unit 3 Genetics: patterns of inheritance; the cell cycle; meiosis, chromosomes, and the mechanism of heredity; molecular genetics and gene technology. Unit 4 The form and function of plants: plant growth and development; primary growth - cells and tissues; primary growth - stems and leaves; primary growth - roots; secondary growth; reproductive morphology of flowering plants. Unit 5 Regulating growth and development: plant hormones; how plants respond to environmental stimuli. Unit 6 Nutrition and transport; soils and plant nutrition; movement of water and solutes. Unit 7 Evolution: evolution; speciation. Unit 8 Diversity: systems of classification; bacteria; fungi; algae; bryophytes; seedless vascular plants; gymnosperms; angiosperms. Unit 9 Ecology: population dynamics and community ecology; biomes epilogue plants and society.
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