About this book
This fundamental guide to understanding plant structure offers plant scientists, plant biologists and horticulturalists in practice, academic life and in training a combination of concise scientific text and superb colour photographs and drawings.
The book deals with the development and mature form of plants, focusing on structure at anatomical, histological and fine structure levels. Appropriate emphasis is given to plants of economic importance.
The new and totally revised edition has been expanded by 30% with 194 new photos and diagrams. The original author has been joined by Dr James Mauseth to create a formidable partnership of teaching and research experience from Europe and North America.
Key elements of the revised book include: recent findings (supplemented by DNA analysis) on the classification of flowering plants; current concepts of plant wall structure; detailed description of eg. leaves as insectivorous traps; spines in cacti, desert plants adapted for water storage, saltmarsh and aquatic plants; a new section on asexual plant multiplication; additional bibliography and website resources.
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Preface 1. Introduction - The assortment of land plants, Transpiration and translocation in vascular plants, General morphology of angiosperms, Floral and reproductive features of angiosperms, Theme of the atlas. 2. The plant Cell - Introduction, Cell membranes, Nucleus, Plastids, Mitochondria, Endoplasmic reticulum (ER), Golgi apparatus, Vacuoles, Microbodies, Ribosomes, Microtubules and microfilaments, The cell wall. 3. Plant Histology - Distribution of cells and tissues, Parenchyma, Collenchyma, Sclerenchyma, Secretory tissues, Phloem, Xylem, Structure of Wood 4. Apical Meristems: Genesis of Primary Shoot and Root - Introduction, Vegetative shoot apex, Early leaf and bud development, Tissue differentiation in the young stem, Root apex, tissue differentiation in the young root 5. The Green Leaf - Introduction, Morphology and venation, Anatomy of the lamina, Anatomy of the petiole 6 The Stem - Primary growth, Anatomy of the mature primary stem, secondary growth, Anatomy of the woody stem, Periderm, Thickened monocotyledonous stem 7. The Root - Introduction, Anatomy of the mature primary root, Lateral and adventitious roots, Mycorrhizae and root nodules, Secondary growth in roots 8. Sexual Reproduction - Introduction, General features of flowers, Perianth, Androecium, Gynoecium, Fertilisation, Development of the seed, The fruit Selected bibliography Glossary Index