Botany for Gardeners

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-05-21
  • Publisher: Timber Pr

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A bestseller since its debut in 1990, this indispensable and handy reference has now been expanded and updated to include an appendix on plant taxonomy and a comprehensive index. Two dozen new photos and illustrations make this new edition even richer with information. Its convenient paperback format makes it easy to carry and access, whether you are in or out of the garden. An essential overview of the science behind plants for beginning and advanced gardeners alike.

What happens inside a seed after it is planted? How do plants reproduce and grow? What roles do minerals, air, and light play in the life of a plant? Still the most complete, compact, accessible introduction to the world of botany, this third edition includes dazzling electron microscope photos and even more amazing facts about plants. From plant anatomy to basic genetics, this marvelous book explains the science of plants in plain language anyone can understand.

"A combination of crisp, friendly writing and detailed, understandable illustrations (both line drawings and photographs) yields a great book that will be a welcome addition to the reference shelf." -Kim Long Bloomsbury Review

"Gives the basics in a layperson's language, and it's not the size of a typical scientific tome, which in my book recommends it highly." -Dulcy Mahar Oregonian

"An essential reference for every gardener—and every young person who otherwise won’t learn the botanical sciences and miss out on a whole lot of life."-Margaret Roach A Way to Garden blog

“An outstanding and enjoyable introduction to botany, whether the reader is a gardener, or just a garden visitor."-SciTech Book News

Author Biography

A native of Cheshire, England, BRIAN CAPON received a Ph.D. in botany from the University of Chicago. For thirty years he was professor of botany at California State University, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
Introductionp. 11
Growthp. 15
Cells and Seeds: Basics and Beginnings
Cellsp. 18
Cell Wallsp. 20
Wall Structure and Cell Growthp. 21
Growth Processesp. 23
Meristemsp. 23
Seed Coatsp. 26
Food-Storage Structures and the Embryop. 27
Seed Germinationp. 31
Other Germination Requirementsp. 33
Roots and Shoots: How Plants Mature
Root Systemsp. 37
Root Growthp. 39
Root Hairs and Branchesp. 40
Primary Growth in Stemsp. 41
Development of a Woody Twigp. 47
Features of a Woody Twigp. 48
Leavesp. 50
Plants as Food: Human Selection of Edible Plantsp. 57
Organizationp. 59
Inside Stems
Herbaceous Stemsp. 62
Stem Thickeningp. 65
Other Features of Woodp. 70
Monocot Stemsp. 73
Inside Roots and Leaves
A Root's Primary Tissuesp. 77
Secondary Growth in Rootsp. 79
Cellular Organization in Leavesp. 80
Plant Cell Typesp. 85
Plants as Food: Implications of Global Warmingp. 91
Adaptationp. 93
Adaptations for Protection
The Garden Habitatp. 97
Environmental Modificationp. 98
Limiting Factorsp. 99
Protection in Extreme Environmentsp. 102
Protection against Animalsp. 106
Protection by Camouflagep. 109
Protection by Antsp. 110
Wound Healingp. 111
Chemical Protectionp. 114
Mode of Operation of Chemical Protectantsp. 118
Other Methods of Defensep. 119
Adaptations to Fulfill Basic Needs
Competition between Plantsp. 120
Reaching toward the Sunp. 121
Spreading Stemsp. 122
Climbing Structuresp. 124
Lianas and Epiphytesp. 124
Supportive Rootsp. 126
Special Methods of Water Uptakep. 126
Adaptations for Water Storagep. 128
Underground Food-and Water-Storage Organsp. 130
Saprophytes and Parasitesp. 134
Mycorrhizae and Root Nodulesp. 138
Insectivorous Plantsp. 140
Plants as Food: What is Genetic Engineering?p. 143
Functionsp. 145
Control of Growth and Development
Growth Responses to Lightp. 148
Responses to Gravity and Touchp. 152
Other Growth Movements in Plantsp. 155
Hormones and the Aging Processp. 156
Control of Branching and Adventitious Root Formationp. 159
Other Hormone Effects: Synthetic Growth Regulatorsp. 160
Environmental Control: Temperaturep. 161
Vernalizationp. 162
Environmental Control: Photoperiodp. 163
The Uptake and Use of Water, Minerals, and Light
Osmosis: The Cell's Water Pumpp. 167
Development of Root Pressurep. 170
Transpirational Pullp. 172
Cold Hardeningp. 174
Mineral Nutrient Needsp. 174
Soilsp. 179
The Photosynthetic Apparatusp. 181
Light Transformed into the Energy in Foodp. 184
The Photosynthetic Processp. 185
Gas Exchange with the Atmospherep. 188
Nature's Hidden Detailsp. 190
Reproductionp. 195
From Flowers to Fruits
Flower Parts and their Functionsp. 198
Pollination by Animalsp. 203
Road Maps and Rewardsp. 204
Inflorescencesp. 206
Pollination by Wind and Waterp. 210
Pollination Alternativesp. 211
The Reproductive Processp. 213
Seedless Fruits and Unusual Embryosp. 215
Fruit Typesp. 216
Seed Dispersalp. 219
The Cost of Reproductionp. 221
Strategies of Inheritance
Genetics: The Science of Heredityp. 222
Mitosis and Meiosisp. 223
The Life Cycle of a Mossp. 224
The Life Cycle of a Fernp. 226
The Two Generations of Flowering Plantsp. 228
Chromosome Segregation during Meiosisp. 231
Gene Segregation during Meiosisp. 232
Consequences of Imperfectionp. 235
The Origins of Polyploidyp. 236
Custom-Made Plants of the Futurep. 238
Epiloguep. 241
About Plant Namesp. 242
Glossaryp. 247
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 261
Indexp. 263
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