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Plant Biology

Alison M. Smith, George Coupland, Liam Dolan, Nicholas Harberd, Jonathan Jones, Cathie Martin, Robert Sablowski, Abigail Amey
Publication Date:
May 08, 2009
Content Details:
679 pages | 657 illustrations

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    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.


      • 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.


      "As the opening chapter in a book on plant biology with a developmental/genetic/molecular focus, this is novel, but highly relevant and welcome. The synthetic emphasis is important for the future development of these fields of science, and the general approach is bound to appeal to students. Chapter 1 fits well with the declared goal of drawing together data from different fields. This is a refreshingly new approach... I think that the level is about right for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate." - Paul Kenrick, Natural History Museum, London, UK

      "Chapter 2 was a joy to read. What a treasure trove of plant genetics information and examples … The chapter should stimulate interest in undergraduates and lay the foundation for graduate students at the outset of their careers. It would also be a terrific primer for Ph.D. prelim exams." - Patrick Hayes, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

      "I really like the overall concept of this textbook. I teach a sophomore level undergraduate course in plant biology that is similar in content to this text and there is currently no truly appropriate textbook. While there are several lovely botany books, these are designed for survey courses aimed at students with little biology background… At the other extreme are books like Taiz & Zeiger’s Plant Physiology… which are more fitting for seniors and graduate students and which also fail to impress topics such as the evolutionary history of plants and our relationship to them." - Kaye Peterman, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA, writing about Chapter 3

      "This is the most comprehensive and well written text book chapter on plant biology I have ever encountered. The coverage is incredible, and the title "metabolism" is taken in its broadest sense… I found the quality of the figures excellent. They were sufficiently stand alone to be useful in this way while being well discussed in the text." - Bob Furbank, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Canberra, Australia, writing about Chapter 4

      "I learned a lot from the chapter. I think this will be a good starting place for biologists at all levels to gain entry into a specific area. I also like how different genes and mechanisms were reinforced by later examples. The pace is good, the writing succinct and well worded, and many of the stories and perspectives are quite fascinating." - Fred Sack, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA, writing about Chapter 5

      "My overall impression was that the chapter was well written, largely up-to-date and dealt with the subject in a quite detailed way. The illustrations were excellent…. The level of detail is impressive and yet the style is very readable." - Garry Whitelam, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK, writing about Chapter 6

      "[The authors have] endeavoured to fulfil quite an extraordinary goal – linking ‘molecular’ responses with the plant-environment interactions from a general rather than a specific viewpoint. [They have] done this remarkably well… All-in-all therefore the chapter is a major tour-de-force." - Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, writing about Chapter 7

      "The chapter covers an enormous range of topics in a generally well organised and easily understood style. Most sections are right up to date and deal in depth with the really critical issues. The condensation of material here is very good, just what is needed for a challenging undergraduate text." - John Mansfield (Imperial College London, Wye Campus, Ashford, Kent, UK, writing about Chapter 8

      "It is exceptionally clear; informative without overwhelming, well written and engaging. It was a true joy to read." - Enrique Lopez-Juez, Royal Holloway, University of London, Surrey, UK, writing about Chapter 9

  • Contents

    1. Origins
    2. Genomes
    3. Cells
    4. Metabolism
    5. Development
    6. Environmental Signals
    7. Environmental Stress
    8. Interactions with Other Organisms
    9. Domestication & Agriculture


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    The Art of Plant Biology
    Artwork available in PowerPoint and JPEG format.

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    Chapter 4: Metabolism