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Botany For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-00672-6
384 pages
July 2011
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The easy way to score your highest in botany

Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations, as biotechnological research and development continues to drive job growth.

Botany For Dummies gives you a thorough, easy-to-follow overview of the fundamentals of botany, helping you to improve your grades, supplement your learning, or review before a test.

  • Covers evolution by natural selection
  • Offers plain-English explanations of the structure and function of plants
  • Includes plant identification and botanical phenomenon

Tracking a typical course in botany, this hands-on, friendly guide is your ticket to acing this required course for your major in biology, microbiology, zoology, or elementary education.

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Introduction.

Part I: Plant Basics.

Chapter 1: Exploring Botany.

Chapter 2: Peering at Plant Cells.

Chapter 3: Identifying Plant Tissues.

Chapter 4: Vegetative Structures: Stems, Roots, and Leaves.

Chapter 5: Reproductive Structures: Spores, Seeds, Cones, Flowers, and Fruits.

Part II: The Living Plant: Plant Physiology.

Chapter 6: Metabolism: How Living Things Get Energy and Matter.

Chapter 7: Photosynthesis: Making Sugar from Scratch.

Chapter 8: Cellular Respiration: Making Your Cake and Eating It, Too.

Chapter 9: Moving Materials Through Plants.

Chapter 10: Regulating Plant Growth and Development.

Part III: Making More Plants: Plant Reproduction and Genetics.

Chapter 11: Greening the Earth: Plant Reproduction.

Chapter 12: Passing Plant Characteristics to the Next Generation.

Part IV: The Wide, Wonderful World of Plants: Plant Biodiversity.

Chapter 13: Changing with the Times: Evolution and Adaptation.

Chapter 14: The Tree of Life: Showing the Relationships Between Living Things.

Chapter 15: Examining the Forest Floor: Bryophytes and Seedless Vascular Plants.

Chapter 16: Their Seeds Are Naked: Gymnosperms.

Chapter 17: Say It with Flowers: Angiosperms.

Part V: Plants and People.

Chapter 18: Making Connections with Plant Ecology.

Chapter 19: Altering Plants by Using Biotechnology.

Chapter 20: Thriving on Plants in Everyday Life.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Weirdest Plants.

Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Improving Your Grade in Botany.

Index.

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Rene Fester Kratz, PhD is a Biology instructor at Everett Community College. As a member of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership, she worked to develop science curricula that are in alignment with research on human learning.
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