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This introductory text assumes little prior scientific knowledge on the part of the student. It includes sufficient information for some shorter introductory botany courses open to both majors and nonmajors, and is arranged so that certain sections can be omitted without disrupting the overall continuity of the course. Stern emphasizes current interests while presenting basic botanical principles.
In late 1999/early 2000, Kingsley Stern and McGraw-Hill Publishers initiated a search to find scientists to join the author team for Stern's Introductory Plant Biology. After nearly three decades of publishing this successful textbook, it was clear to Dr. Stern and the people at McGraw-Hill that new botanists would help to further enrich the content and continue the dedication and hard work needed for future editions.
Jim Bidlack received a B.S. Degree in Agronomy, with a Soil & Crop Option, from Purdue University in 1984 and continued his education with a Master's Degree in Crop Physiology at the University of Arkansas in 1986.
Shelley H. Jansky received a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin'Stevens Point in 1982, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin'Madison in 1984 and 1986, respectively.