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About this book
About this book
While scientific and socio-political communities around the world are aware of the natural and economic importance of biodiversity, we are faced with an ever-increasing number of plant species under threat of extinction. Conservation is thus a vital part of the plant scientist's work, in the field, in botanic gardens and in universities.
This colour atlas has been conceived to integrate the dual botanical themes of plant propagation and conservation. Topics of this title range from the history and likely future of conservation and the effects of human activity on plant diversity, to the practical techniques of collection, preservation, germination, propagation and management of plant populations in the laboratory and in the field. The text is referenced and is illustrated throughout by colour photos and photomicrographs of the highest quality.
Contents 1 General Introduction 2 The Rationale of Conservation 3 Plant Diversity - Distribution and Measurement 4 Collection of Plant Specimens in the Field 5 Propagation from Seeds to Seed Preservation 6 The Role of Fire in Enhancing Regeneration: The Situation in th Cape Floral Region 7 Vegetative Propagation from Stem Cuttings, Leaves and Roots 8 In Vitro Propagation from Non-sterile Explants 9 In Vitro Culture and Plant Conservation 10 In Vitro Collection in the Field 11 In Vitro Propagation 12 In Vitro Preservation 13 A pplications of In Vitro Culture for Conservation of Forest Trees 14 Anatomical and Histo-Cytological Changes in Regenerating Plants 15 The Role of Mycorrhizae in Regeneration of Native Vegetation 16 Conservation of Natural Populations 17 Conservation and the Future References Index