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About this book
About this book
An outstanding resource for anyone with an interest in how plants are grown and utilized for maintaining and adding enjoyment to human life. The text starts with the fundamentals of botany, plant physiology, and environmental factors affecting plant growth, while later sections integrate those topics into strategies of producing plants for human use as food, fiber, and recreation. The concept of sustainability and sustainable methods of growing plants runs throughout the text. Whether you are familiar or unfamiliar with plant science, this book will give you a firm understanding of concepts and terminology related to the growing of plants.
Unit I: Environmental, Cultural, and Social Factors That Influence the Cultivation and Utilization of Plants Chapter 1: History, Trends, Issues, and Challenges in Plant Science Chapter 2: Terrestrial Ecosysems and Their Relationship to Cultivating Plants Chapter 3: Plants for Human Use Chapter 4: Climate -- Solar radiation, Water, Temperature, Atmosphere Chapter 5: Soils Unit II: Plant structure, chemistry, growth and development, genetics and biodiversity Chapter 6: Structure of Higher Plants Chapter 7: Stages of Growth and Development Chapter 8: Plant Chemistry and Metabolism Chapter 9: Genetics and propagation Chapter 10: Biodiversity Chapter 11: Photosynthesis and Respiration Chapter 12: Soil,Water, and Plant Relationships Chapter 13: Nutrients Unit III: Principles and Practices for the Production and Utilization of Plants Chapter 14: Soil,Water, Fertility Management Chapter 15: Integrated Management of Weeds, Insects, and Diseases Chapter 16: General Considerations For Production, Harvest, Postharvest Handling, and Marketing Chapter 17: Agronomic crops grown for food, fiber, fuel and other industrial uses (Peter Thomison) Chapter 18: Forage crops Chapter 19: Vegetable crops Chapter 20: Temperate fruit crops Chapter 21: Tropical and subtropical fruits and nuts Chapter 22: Nursery Production. (Gary Bachman) Chapter 23: Landscape plants Chapter 24: Greenhouse crop production Chapter 25: Turfgrass for golf courses, athletic fields and lawns (David Gardner Chapter 26: Residential and Public Landscapes