Introducing students to the fundamental concepts of botany, plant science, plant ecology and plant evolutionary biology, this book uses well-defined technical terms and extensive examples. It describes the evolution of land plants and algae in relation to environmental change and examines their biochemical, physiological and morphological adaptations to differing environments. Chapters on plant cell characteristics, new classifications and the topical issue of plant exploitation are included.
Martin Ingrouille is a senior lecturer in botany in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London. He teaches and co-ordinates courses in plant science, evolutionary biology and conservation biology.
Bill Eddie is a lecturer in botany and ornithology for the Open Studies programme of the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Process, form, and pattern; 2. The genesis of form; 3. Endless forms?; 4. Sex, multiplication, and dispersal; 5. Ordering the paths of diversity; 6. The lives of plants; 7. The fruits of the Earth; 8. Knowing plants; Glossary; References.