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This introductory text assumes little prior scientific knowledge on the part of the student. It includes sufficient information for some shorter introductory botany courses open to both majors and nonmajors, and is arranged so that certain sections can be omitted without disrupting the overall continuity of the course. Stern emphasizes current interests ethnobotanical while presenting basic botanical principles.
Table of Contents
1 What Is Plant Biology?
2 The Nature of Life
5 Roots and Soils
8 Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds
9 Water in Plants
10 Plant Metabolism
12 Meiosis and Alternation of Generations
14 Plant Breeding and Propagation
16 Plant Names and Classification
17 Kingdom Bacteria, Kingdom Archaea, and Viruses
18 Kingdom Protista
19 Kingdom Fungi
20 Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Brophytes
21 The Seedless Vascular Plants: Ferns and Their Relatives
22 Introduction to Seed Plants: Gymnosperms
23 Seed Plants: Angiosperms
24 Flowering Plants and Civilization
Appendix 1 Scientific Names of Organisms Mentioned in the Text
Appendix 2 Biological Controls
Appendix 3 Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, and Algae
Appendix 4 House Plants and Home Gardening
Appendix 5 Metric Equivalents and Conversion Tables