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This must-have reference will help you navigate the complex world of science. It defines more than 6000 words from 16 branches of science that are of particular interest to gardeners, from abscission (a plant's rejection of an organ) to zoochary (the dispersal of seeds by animals). Hundreds of illustrations clarify key definitions and help explain abstract concepts. Definitions reflect the latest developments in science; Covers topical issues like climate change, ecology, and native plants; Indispensable to home gardeners and nursery professionals.
Michael Allaby is an award-winning science writer. His Plants and Plant Life won the Booklist Editors Choice award in 2001. The editor of four science dictionaries for Oxford University Press, he lives in the United Kingdom.