Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach / Edition 1

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Overview

This indispensable textbook provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of plant anatomy and emphasizes the application of plant anatomy and its relevance to modern botanical research.

The companion website, ‘The Virtual Plant’, offers a collection of high quality photographs and scanning electron microscope images giving students access to the microscopic detail of plant structures essential to gaining a real understanding of the subject. Exercises for the laboratory are also included, making this work an indispensable resource for lectures and laboratory classes. Vist: http://virtualplant.ru.ac.za/Main/virtual_Cover.htm to access these resources.

Plant Anatomy is an essential reference for undergraduates taking courses in plant anatomy, applied plant anatomy and plant biology courses; and for researchers and postgraduates in plant sciences.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” (CHOICE, February 2009)

Plant anatomy is a foundational and ever-advancing topic. This book by plant anatomy experts Cutler (honorary research fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and president, Linnean Society of London, UK), Botha (Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown, South Africa), and Stevenson (curator and vice president for botanical science, New York Botanical Garden) give an up-to-date and concise treatment of the subject. The work covers classic subjects including morphology, tissue systems, meristems, transport systems, organs, and reproductive structures. Additional chapters address adaptive and applied aspects of plant anatomy, as well as practical microtechnique. A glossary with pictures provides a quick reference guide for terms...This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. –R. B. Pratt, California State University–Bakersfield (Choice, February 2009)

"The book is very attractively priced, benefits from many excellent colour images ... Plant anatomy: an applied approach deserves to do well!" (Annals of Botany)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405126793
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/7/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

David F Cutler is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a Visiting Professor in Botany, Reading University, and an Honorary Lecturer, Imperial College, London University. He was formerly Deputy Keeper and Head of the Plant Anatomy Section, Jodrell Laboratory, RBG Kew. He is currently President of the Linnean Society of London. His research is in pure and applied plant anatomy, including systematic anatomy of angiosperms, functional aspects of plant structure and identification of fragmentary plant material.

Ted Botha is Professor of Botany and was Head of Department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. His research into plant structure and function is recognized internationally as well as locally, by the National Research Foundation. He serves on the organizing committees for several international plant structure–function groups, and is a former President of The South African Association of Botany. His contribution to teaching at Rhodes University was recognized through the award of the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Dennis Wm Stevenson is currently Rupert Barneby Curator and Vice President for Botanical Science at the New York Botanical Garden. He also serves as editor of the journal Botanical Review, has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, and edited 11 books ranging from horticulture to paleobotany to genomics. He holds adjunct faculty positions at City University of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University, and Yale University.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Morphology and tissue systems: the integrated plant body.

General background.

Adaptation to aerial growth.

The systems in detail.

2 Meristems and meristematic growth.

Introduction.

Apical meristems.

Lateral meristems.

Practical applications and uses of meristems.

3 The structure of xylem and phloem.

Introduction.

The xylem.

The phloem.

Structure–function relationships in primary and.

secondary vascular tissues.

4 The root.

Introduction.

Epidermis.

Cortex.

Endodermis.

Pericycle.

Vascular system.

Lateral roots.

5 The stem.

Introduction.

Stems – cross-sectional appearance.

Transport phloem within the axial system.

Transport tissue – structural components.

Concluding remarks.

6 The leaf.

Introduction.

Leaf structure.

The epidermis.

The mesophyll.

Strengthening systems in the leaf.

The vascular system.

The phloem.

Specifi cs of the monocotyledonous foliage leaf 111.

Secretory structures.

Concluding remarks.

7 Flowers, fruits and seeds.

Introduction.

Vascularization.

SEM studies.

Palynology.

Embryology.

Seed and fruit histology.

8 Adaptive features.

Introduction.

Mechanical adaptations.

Adaptations to habitat.

Xerophytes.

Mesophytes.

Hydrophytes.

Applications.

9 Economic aspects of applied plant anatomy.

Introduction.

Identifi cation and classification.

Taxonomic application.

Medicinal plants.

Food adulterants and contaminants.

Animal feeding habits.

Wood: present day.

Wood: in archaeology.

Forensic applications.

Palaeobotany.

Postscript.

10 Practical microtechnique.

Safety considerations.

Materials and methods.

Microscopy.

Appendix 1 Selected study material.

Appendix 2 Practical exercises.

Glossary.

Cited references.

Further reading.

Index

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