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This book focuses readers on the function of plants and the role they play in our world. The authors emphasize the scientific method to help readers develop the critical thinking skills they need to make sound decisions throughout life. This focus on how plants work and the development of critical thinking skills together support the ultimate goal of developing scientific literacy. This book is organized around the themes of DNA science, global ecology, and evolution. The key concepts discussed in the book are molecules, cells and microbes; plant structure and reproduction; and, plant diversity and the environment. For anyone interested in botany (plant biology).
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To foster biological and scientific literacy, the U. of Wisconsin editors denote the central themes of evolution, ecology, and DNA science with icons. With numerous color illustrations of exceptional quality for a textbook, chapters cover introductory concepts of plants and plant-essential microbes; the molecular basis of life; plant structure, diversity, and reproduction (including genetic engineering); and plant diversity as it relates to environmental and human sustainability. Chapters include essays, review questions, and concept application exercises. Appendices include a geological timeline, answer key, and glossary. A companion website is available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130303714
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/14/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction
1 Introduction to Plant Biology 1
2 Plants and People 14
3 Naming and Organizing Plants 30
Part 2 Molecules, Cells, and Microbes
4 Molecules of Life 46
5 The Origin of Life and the Scientific Method 66
6 Prokaryotes, Earth's Oldest and Simplest Life-Forms 78
7 Eukaryotic Cells 90
8 Metabolism: Photosynthesis and Respiration 112
9 Algae, Fungi, and Lichens: Photosynthesis and Respiration in Action 134
10 DNA and RNA: The Molecules of Heredity 154
11 Cell Division: Mitosis and Cytokinesis 172
Part 3 Plant Structure, Diversity, and Reproduction
12 Plant Structure, Growth, and Development 186
13 Stems 208
14 Roots 224
15 Leaves 240
16 Reproduction, Meiosis, and Life Cycles 256
17 Genetics and the Laws of Inheritance 272
18 Genetic Engineering 290
19 Biological Evolution 304
20 Plant Diversity: Bryophytes, Lycophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms 322
21 Angiosperm Diversity and Reproduction 344
22 Flowering Plant and Animal Coevolution: Pollination and Seed Dispersal 360
Part 4 Plant Diversity and the Environment
23 Principles of Ecology and the Biosphere 376
24 Polar Deserts, Tundra, and Taiga 398
25 Freshwaters, Wetlands, and Water Quality 412
26 Deserts and Desertification 428
27 Grasslands 442
28 Temperate Deciduous Forests and Chaparral 456
29 Tropical Rain Forests 472
30 Plants and Human Sustainability 486
Appendix I Metric System Conversions 1
Appendix II Geological Time Scale 3
Answers 1
Glossary 1
Photo Credits 1
Index 1
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