An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development: Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-First Century

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-05-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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A plant anatomy textbook unlike any other on the market today. Carol A. Peterson described the first edition as 'the best book on the subject of plant anatomy since the texts of Esau'. Traditional plant anatomy texts include primarily descriptive aspects of structure, this book not only provides a comprehensive coverage of plant structure, but also introduces aspects of the mechanisms of development, especially the genetic and hormonal controls, and the roles of plasmodesmata and the cytoskeleton. The evolution of plant structure and the relationship between structure and function are also discussed throughout. Includes extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. It provides students with an introduction to many of the exciting, contemporary areas at the forefront of research in the development of plant structure and prepares them for future roles in teaching and research in plant anatomy.

Table of Contents

Problems of adaptation to a terrestrial environment
An overview of plant structure and development
The protoplast of the eukaryotic cell
Structure and development of the cell wall
Meristems of the shoot and their roles in plant structure and development
Morphology and development of the primary vascular system of the stem
Sympodial systems and patterns of nodal anatomy
The epidermis
The origin of secondary tissue systems and the effect of their formation on the primary body of seed plants
The vascular cambium: structure and function
Secondary xylem
The phloem
Periderm, rhytidome, and the nature of bark
Unusual features of structure and development in stems and roots
Secretion in plants
The root
The leaf
Reproduction and the origin of the sporophyte
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