Plant Biology / Edition 2

Plant Biology / Edition 2

by Linda E. Graham
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Benjamin Cummings
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Plant Biology / Edition 2

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900131469067
Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 704
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Introduction
1Introduction to Plant Biology1
2Plants and People14
3Naming and Organizing Plants30
Part 2Molecules, Cells, and Microbes
4Molecules of Life46
5The Origin of Life and the Scientific Method66
6Prokaryotes, Earth's Oldest and Simplest Life-Forms78
7Eukaryotic Cells90
8Metabolism: Photosynthesis and Respiration112
9Algae, Fungi, and Lichens: Photosynthesis and Respiration in Action134
10DNA and RNA: The Molecules of Heredity154
11Cell Division: Mitosis and Cytokinesis172
Part 3Plant Structure, Diversity, and Reproduction
12Plant Structure, Growth, and Development186
16Reproduction, Meiosis, and Life Cycles256
17Genetics and the Laws of Inheritance272
18Genetic Engineering290
19Biological Evolution304
20Plant Diversity: Bryophytes, Lycophytes, Pteridophytes, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms322
21Angiosperm Diversity and Reproduction344
22Flowering Plant and Animal Coevolution: Pollination and Seed Dispersal360
Part 4Plant Diversity and the Environment
23Principles of Ecology and the Biosphere376
24Polar Deserts, Tundra, and Taiga398
25Freshwaters, Wetlands, and Water Quality412
26Deserts and Desertification428
28Temperate Deciduous Forests and Chaparral456
29Tropical Rain Forests472
30Plants and Human Sustainability486
Appendix IMetric System Conversions1
Appendix IIGeological Time Scale3
Photo Credits1

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