Plants: Diversity and Evolution

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9780511812972: Plants: Diversity and Evolution

Introducing students to the fundamental concepts of botany, plant science, plant ecology and plant evolutionary biology, this book uses well-defined technical terms and extensive examples. It describes the evolution of land plants and algae in relation to environmental change and examines their biochemical, physiological and morphological adaptations to differing environments. Chapters on plant cell characteristics, new classifications and the topical issue of plant exploitation are included.

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Plants: Evolution and Diversity introduces students to the fundamental concepts of botany, plant science, plant ecology and plant evolutionary biology, using well-defined technical terms and extensive examples to add clarity. It describes the evolution of land plants and algae in relation to environmental change and examines the biochemical, physiological and morphological adaptations that plants have developed in differing environments. Chapters on plant cell characteristics and new classifications are included and the topical issue of plant exploitation is considered (e.g. natural medicines and GM crops).

About the Author:

Martin Ingrouille is a senior lecturer in botany in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London. He teaches and co-ordinates courses in plant science, evolutionary biology and conservation biology.

Bill Eddie is a lecturer in botany and ornithology for the Open Studies programme of the Office of Lifelong Learning at the University of Edinburgh.

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