Plant Biology

Alison M. Smith, George Coupland, Liam Dolan, Nicholas Harberd, Jonathan Jones, Cathie Martin, Robert Sablowski, Abigail Amey

May 8, 2009 by Garland Science
Textbook - 679 Pages - 657 Color Illustrations
ISBN 9780815340256 - CAT# RT8632

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  • Modern Approach to Plant Science: provides a comprehensive coverage of the wealth of new knowledge coming from plant genetic & molecular biology since the sequencing of plant genomes commencing with Arabidopsis.
  • Evolution: includes an account at the molecular biological level of adaptations that have taken place through the course of plant evolution.
  • Growth & Developmental Biology: presents an extensive treatment of plant development from a genetic and molecular perspective.
  • Full-color artwork: Vividly illustrated with over 1,000 illustrations, including:
       - original color line drawings, designed for clarity, simplicity and consistency
       - stunning botanical photography
       - microscope and micrograph images gathered from leading plant laboratories
         around the world.
  • Learning Objectives: Each chapter opens with a bullet-point list of learning objectives, which summarize the topics to be covered and act as a revision checklist.
  • Summaries: End-of-chapter summaries provide a broad overview of material presented allowing the reader toreview and assess their understanding of what they have read.
  • Further Reading: Each chapter ends with a reference list of research literature grouped according to topic, guiding readers to significant papers.


Plant Biology is a new textbook written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. It is an account of modern plant science, reflecting recent advances in genetics and genomics and the excitement they have created. The book begins with a review of what is known about the origins of modern-day plants. Next, the special features of plant genomes and genetics are explored. Subsequent chapters provide information on our current understanding of plant cell biology, plant metabolism, and plant developmental biology, with the remaining three chapters outlining the interactions of plants with their environments. The final chapter discusses the relationship of plants with humans: domestication, agriculture and crop breeding. Plant Biology contains over 1,000 full color illustrations, and each chapter begins with Learning Objectives and concludes with a Summary.


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