Introductory Plant Biology

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  • Edition: 10th
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  • Copyright: 2005-04-01
  • Publisher: McGraw Hill (Manual)
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Many of the silky-haired seeds being released from the splitting pod of a milkweed shown on the cover were presumably blown away and eventually germinated, probably in a grassy area. There are about 120 species of milkweed (Asclepias), all known for the milky latex they produce, and for being host plants to the caterpillars of monarch butterflies. Other insects, birds, and animals tend to shun milkweeds because the latex is bitter, but Native Americans used infusions of roots for at least 1,000 years to treat respiratory ailments and fevers. In the past, similar root infusions were also widely used in American medicine as an expectorant, and to treat cancers. The flowers, as shown in the Chapter 23 opener, are elegant. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
What Is Plant Biology?p. 1
The Nature of Lifep. 13
Cellsp. 29
Tissuesp. 53
Roots and Soilsp. 64
Stemsp. 84
Leavesp. 106
Flowers, Fruits, and Seedsp. 127
Water in Plantsp. 149
Plant Metabolismp. 165
Growthp. 192
Meiosis and Alternation of Generationsp. 216
Geneticsp. 225
Plant Breeding and Propagationp. 247
Evolutionp. 267
Plant Names and Classificationp. 280
Domain (Kingdom) Bacteria, Domain (Kingdom) Archaea, and Virusesp. 293
Kingdom Protistap. 319
Kingdom Fungip. 348
Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Bryophytesp. 373
The Seedless Vascular Plants: Ferns and Their Relativesp. 388
Introduction to Seed Plants: Gymnospermsp. 411
Seed Plants: Angiospermsp. 430
Flowering Plants and Civilizationp. 449
Ecologyp. 474
Biomesp. 495
Scientific Names of Organisms Mentioned in the Textp. 505
Biological Controlsp. 528
Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, and Algaep. 536
House Plants and Home Gardeningp. 566
Metric Equivalents and Conversion Tablesp. 592
Glossaryp. 595
Indexp. 609
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