Reaching for the Sun: How Plants Work / Edition 2

Reaching for the Sun: How Plants Work / Edition 2

by John King
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521518040

ISBN-13: 9780521518048

Pub. Date: 01/06/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Green plants are all around us. We are totally dependent on them for food; we cultivate them for our pleasure; and we have used them in a vast number of ways down the centuries. But have you ever wondered how plants work? Where do trees get the material to make wood? How does a bulb 'know' to sprout in the spring? Why are flowers different colours? This book…  See more details below

Overview

Green plants are all around us. We are totally dependent on them for food; we cultivate them for our pleasure; and we have used them in a vast number of ways down the centuries. But have you ever wondered how plants work? Where do trees get the material to make wood? How does a bulb 'know' to sprout in the spring? Why are flowers different colours? This book answers these questions in a charming and accessible way. This is not just a book for keen gardeners and naturalists. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand why the earth is green.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521518048
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Plants are cool, but why?1
2Photosynthesis: the leitmotiv of life13
3Respiration: breathing without lungs27
4Nitrogen, nitrogen, everywhere39
5Nutrition for the healthy lifestyle53
6Transport of delights65
7Growth: the long and the short of it75
8The time of their lives89
9A dash of seasoning101
10Dormancy: a matter of survival115
11Stressful tranquility127
12The colorful world of plants141
13Fragrance and flavor153
14Chemical warfare165
15Not in my backyard!179
16Cornu copiae: the horn of plenty191
17Getting dead203
Epilogue215
Bibliography217
Index221

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