The goals of INTRODUCTORY BOTANY: PLANTS, PEOPLE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT are to share with beginning botany students an appreciation of the diverse organisms we call plants and to help students understand how scientists think, how they approach and solve problems, and how they obtain scientific knowledge about our world. The overall theme of this text is the role of plants in the biosphere—and in keeping with that theme, related environmental issues are integrated into each chapter. The environmental emphasis, which is unique among introductory botany texts, provides students with relevancy and kindles their interest in plants. A second theme, botany as a scientific process, is also stressed throughout.
1. An Introduction to the Science of Botany. PART I: THE PLANT CELL. 2. The Chemical Composition of Cells. 3. Plant Cells. 4. Metabolism in Cells. PART II: PLANT STRUCTURE AND LIFE PROCESSES. 5. Plant Tissues and the Multicellular Plant Body. 6. Plant Organs: Roots. 7. Plant Organs: Stems. 8. Plant Organs: Leaves. 9. Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds. 10. Mineral Nutrition and Transport in Plants. 11. Growth Responses and Regulation of Growth. PART III: THE CONTINUITY OF PLANT LIFE. 12. The Molecular Basis of Inheritance. 13. Mitosis and Meiosis. 14. Patterns of Inheritance. 15. Genetic Frontiers. 16. Continuity Through Evolution. 17. The Evolution of Populations and Species. PART IV: DIVERSITY. 18. The Classification of Plants and Other Organisms. 19. Kingdoms Eubacteria and Archaebacteria. 20. Kingdom Protista. 21. Kingdom Fungi. 22. Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Bryophytes. 23. The Plant Kingdom: Seedless Vascular Plants. 24. The Plant Kingdom: Gymnosperms. 25. The Plant Kingdom: Flowering Plants. PART V: PLANT ECOLOGY. 26. Ecosystems. 27. Biomes of the World. Appendices / Glossary.