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Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach


By: David F Cutler, Ted Botha and Dennis W Stevenson

302 pages, b&w diagrams, b&w photos


Paperback | Mar 2008 | #155084 | ISBN-13: 9781405126793
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This new textbook provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of plant anatomy, emphasising the application of plant anatomy and its relevance to modern botanical research.

Accompanying the text is a CD-ROM containing high quality photographs and scanning electron microscope images. This key resource will give students access to the microscopic detail of plant structures essential to gaining a real understanding of the subject. Exercies for the laboratory are also included on the CD-ROM.

This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. (CHOICE, February 2009) "This book and CD should be seen as a major resource by teachers in this field and a definite reference item in their teaching." (Ecological & Environmental Education, 2008) Plant anatomy is a foundational and ever-advancing topic. This book by plant anatomy experts Cutler (honorary research fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and president, Linnean Society of London, UK), Botha (Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown, South Africa), and Stevenson (curator and vice president for botanical science, New York Botanical Garden) give an up-to-date and concise treatment of the subject. The work covers classic subjects including morphology, tissue systems, meristems, transport systems, organs, and reproductive structures. Additional chapters address adaptive and applied aspects of plant anatomy, as well as practical microtechnique. A glossary with pictures provides a quick reference guide for terms. Two appendixes are included: one detailing a broad range of species that is useful for study material and another on practical exercises that can be done with the accompanying CD-ROM. The numerous images and exercises on the CD-ROM will help students acquire an in-depth understanding of the subject. This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. -R. B. Pratt, California State University-Bakersfield (Choice, February 2009) "The book is very attractively priced, benefits from many excellent colour images ... Plant anatomy: an applied approach deserves to do well!" (Annals of Botany) "What makes the text stand out is the accompanying CD." (Ecological and Environmental Education)


Preface Introduction 1. Morphology and tissue systems: the integrated plant body 2. Meristems and meristematic growth 3. The structure of xylem and phloem 4. The root 5. The stem 6. The leaf 7. Flowers, fruits, and seeds 8. Adaptive features 9. Economic aspects of applied plant anatomy 10. Practical microtechnique Appendix 1 Selected study material Appendix 2 Practical exercises - The Virtual Plant Illustrated Glossary Index

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David F Cutler is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Visiting Professor in Botany, Reading University, and an Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College, London University. He was formerly Deputy Keeper and Head of the Plant Anatomy Section, Jodrell Laboratory, RBG Kew. He is currently President of the Linnean Society of London. His research is in pure and applied plant anatomy, including systematic anatomy of angiosperms, functional aspects of plant structure and identification of fragmentary plant material. Ted Botha is Professor of Botany and was Head of Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His research into plant structure and function is recognized internationally as well as locally, by the National Research Foundation. He serves on the organizing committees for several international plant structure-function groups, and is a former President of The South African Association of Botany. His contribution to teaching at Rhodes University was recognized through the award of the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005. Dennis Wm Stevenson is currently Rupert Barneby Curator and Vice President for Botanical Science at the New York Botanical Garden. He also serves as editor of the journal Botanical Review, has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and edited 11 books ranging from horticulture to paleobotany to genomics. He holds adjunct faculty positions at City University of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and Yale University.

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