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Flowering Plant Embryology: With Emphasis on Economic Species

Flowering Plant Embryology: With Emphasis on Economic Species

Nels R. Lersten

ISBN: 978-0-470-75268-5 January 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 224 Pages


Drawing from a lifetime of teaching botany, Dr. Nels Lersten presents the study of the structures and processes involved in the reproduction of plants in his text Flowering Plant Embryology. This richly illustrated reference text, with more than 350 figures and illustrations, presents general angiosperm embryology as it applies to economically important plants. The unique focus on economically important species increases the relevance of this book to today’s students and researchers in the plant sciences.

Lersten emphasizes the plant species that affect human livelihood, including weeds and other cultivated plants that are used for commercial products. Selected from the thousands of economically important plants, the examples chosen for illustration and discussion are familiar, especially to students from North America, Northern Europe, and Japan. Although the emphasis of this book is economically important plants, the information within applies to almost all flowering plants.

Extremely readable and well-written, this book is neither dense nor academic in tone. Lersten treats topics with a uniformity of style and organization that enhances comprehension. Terms are well-defined and the derivation of each is explained to further facilitate student learning. The book presents research results, hypotheses, and speculations about why things are as they are, with supporting facts and specific examples that provide a firm foundation for students’ understanding of embryological diversity among economic plants.

1. Introduction.

2. Stamen and Androecium.

3. Pollen Development—Theme and Variations.

4. Pollen Development—Details of Stages.

5. Carpel and Gynoecium.

6. Ovule and Embryo Sac.

7. Pollination and Pollen-Stigma Interaction.

8. Pollen Germination, pollen Tube Growth, and Double Fertilization.

9. Endosperm.

10. The Embryo

  • Details the study of structures and processes involved in sexual reproduction in plants

  • Focuses on economically important species

  • Presents research and hypotheses with the added benefit of definition of technical terms