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An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development: Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-First Century


By: Charles B Beck(Author)

441 pages, 275 b/w illus

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2010 | Edition: 2 | #185154 | ISBN-13: 9780521518055
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The second edition of this classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to plant anatomy incorporating basic knowledge with information and ideas about the development of plant structure and form. Unlike many other plant anatomy textbooks, the 18 chapters incorporate information from the latest research in cellular and molecular biology as related to plant development. Topics include the integrative significance of plasmodesmata and the concept of the symplast, the concept of multicellularity, the role of the cytoskeleton in development, signal transduction, and the genetic control of development. Brief sections on evolution and function are also included.

The book has been designed for undergraduate and graduate students with a basic knowledge of plant science. It is richly illustrated with numerous line drawings and photographs, closely integrated with the text, to aid students' understanding. In addition there is a comprehensive glossary and extensive bibliographies for further reading.

'The author is clearly an authority in the field of plant anatomy and provides a wealth of basic information on the subject. It is the best book on the subject of plant anatomy since the texts of Esau. ! this book should be on the shelf of students and researchers interested in plant biology.' Annals of Botany


1. Problems of adaptation to a terrestrial environment; 2. An overview of plant structure and development; 3. The protoplast of the eukaryotic cell; 4. Structure and development of the cell wall; 5. Meristems of the shoot and their roles in plant structure and development; 6. Morphology and development of the primary vascular system of the stem; 7. Sympodial systems and patterns of nodal anatomy; 8. The epidermis; 9. The origin of secondary tissue systems and the effect of their formation on the primary body of seed plants; 10. The vascular cambium: structure and function; 11. Secondary xylem; 12. The phloem; 13. Periderm, rhytidome, and the nature of bark; 14. Unusual features of structure and development in stems and roots; 15. Secretion in plants; 16. The root; 17. The leaf; 18. Reproduction and the origin of the sporophyte.

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CHarles B. Beck is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Michigan.

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