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Botany for Gardeners, 3E

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978 1604 690958
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Earth has been called the green planet, a world clothed in a mantle of vegetation that sustains all other forms of life on this tiny spot in the universe.  From simple beginnings, plants evolved first among Earth's living things and thereby established a fundamental principle of nature:  Plants, in one form or another, can exist forever without animals, but animals cannot exist without plants.

Plants purify the air by exchanging the oxygen we breathe with carbon dioxide, which is poisonous in too high a concentration.  Plants convert the energy of sunlight into foods that sustain all animals and, from the soil, draw minerals such as nitrogen, potassium, calcium, and iron that are essential for our well-being.  For creatures large and small, plants provide shade from the sun, refuge from predators, and protection from the everchanging elements.

What happens inside a seed after it is planted?  How do plants reproduce and grow?  What roles do minerals, air, and light play in the life of a plant?  Still the most complete, compact, accessible introduction to the world of botany, this third edition of Botany for Gardeners includes dazzling electron microscope photos and even more amazing facts about plants.  From plant anatomy to basic genetics, this marvelous book explains the science of plants in plain language anyone can understand.


I. Growth - Cells & seeds: basics & beginnings, Roots & shoots: how plants mature, Plants as food: Human selection of edible plants,

II. Organization - Inside stems, Inside roots & leaves, Plants as food: Implications of global warming,

III. Adaptation - Adaptations for protection, Adaptations to fulfill basic needs, Plants as food: What is genetic engineering? 

IV. Functions - Control of growth & development, The uptake & use of water, minerals & light, Nature's hidden details,

V. Reproduction - From flowers to fruits, Strategies of inheritance,

Epilogue, About plant names, Glossary, Further reading, Index.

Brian Capon, 2010, 268 p, colored photos and b&w illustrations, soft.  $19.95

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