All Shops

Go to British Wildlife

6 issues per year 84 pages per issue Subscription only

British Wildlife is the leading natural history magazine in the UK, providing essential reading for both enthusiast and professional naturalists and wildlife conservationists. Published six times a year, British Wildlife bridges the gap between popular writing and scientific literature through a combination of long-form articles, regular columns and reports, book reviews and letters.

Subscriptions from £25 per year

Conservation Land Management

4 issues per year 44 pages per issue Subscription only

Conservation Land Management (CLM) is a quarterly magazine that is widely regarded as essential reading for all who are involved in land management for nature conservation, across the British Isles. CLM includes long-form articles, events listings, publication reviews, new product information and updates, reports of conferences and letters.

Subscriptions from £18 per year
Academic & Professional Books  Botany  Plants & Botany: Biology & Ecology

Plant Biology

Textbook
By: Alison M Smith
664 pages, Col illus
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Plant Biology
Click to have a closer look
Select version
  • Plant Biology ISBN: 9780815340256 Paperback Jun 2009 Usually dispatched within 6 days
    £59.99
    #173550
Selected version: £59.99
About this book Contents Customer reviews Biography Related titles

About this book

A major new textbook, written to guide and inform undergraduates and Masters students through their studies in plant science. In the course of nine chapters, a comprehensive picture is built of plant evolution, their molecular and cellular biology, their metabolism, and their interaction with the environment and other species. Produced in full colour, and with over 1,000 illustrations, the book has been written by some of the world's leading experts in plant science.

The book is divided into nine chapters, giving readers a straightforward route into the intricacies of plant biology. The opening chapter charts the evolution of plant life, from the marine origins of photosynthesis to the modern diversity of flowering plants. This provides a staged introduction to the basics of plant biochemistry and morphology. The next two chapters provide a dynamic view of the plant genome and of the cellular biology of plants. Chapter 4 gives an engaging and integrated picture of plant metabolism while chapter 5 guides the reader through the fast moving field of plant development.

In the second half, the book tackles plants' interaction with the outside world: first with the environment, then with other organisms. Chapter 6 describes how a plant's growth and life cycle is regulated by environmental signals. This is followed by chapter 7 which describes how plants respond to stress and extreme environmental conditions. Plant interactions with other organisms, both pathogens and symbionts, are covered in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 rounds the book off with an overview of human domestication of plants and modern plant biotechnology.Plant science has never been more important. The increasing pressure on world agriculture and wild plant resources to provide food, fuel, raw materials, and medicines for an expanding population demands a more thorough and well rounded understanding of plants. This book provides a comprehensive and highly readable account of modern plant science that will inform and enthuse not only the next generation of plants scientists but also any reader with an interest in this vital field of study.

Contents

1. Origins 2. Genomes 3. Cells 4. Metabolism 5. Development 6. Environmental Signals 7. Environmental Stress 8. Interactions with Other Organisms 9. Domestication & Agriculture Glossary Index

Customer Reviews

Biography

John Innes Centre, UK Max Planck Institute, Germany University of Oxford, UK Science Editor, London, UK
Textbook
By: Alison M Smith
664 pages, Col illus
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Media reviews
Chapter 2 was a joy to read. What a treasure trove of plant genetics information and examples ! The chapter should stimulate interest in undergraduates and lay the foundation for graduate students at the outset of their careers. It would also be a terrific primer for Ph.D. prelim exams. "- Patrick Hayes, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA" "This is the most comprehensive and well written text book chapter on plant biology I have ever encountered. The coverage is incredible, and the title "metabolism" is taken in its broadest sense! I found the quality of the figures excellent. They were sufficiently stand alone to be useful in this way while being well discussed in the text." - "Bob Furbank, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Canberra, Australia, writing about Chapter 4"
Current promotions
Best of Winter 2018Harper CollinsOrder your free copy of our 2018 equipment catalogueBritish Wildlife