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Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach

Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach

David F. Cutler, Ted Botha, Dennis Wm. Stevenson

ISBN: 978-1-444-30046-8 January 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 312 Pages

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This indispensable textbook provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of plant anatomy and emphasizes the application of plant anatomy and its relevance to modern botanical research.

The companion website, ‘The Virtual Plant’, offers a collection of high quality photographs and scanning electron microscope images giving students access to the microscopic detail of plant structures essential to gaining a real understanding of the subject.  Exercises for the laboratory are also included, making this work an indispensable resource for lectures and laboratory classes.  Vist: http://virtualplant.ru.ac.za/Main/virtual_Cover.htm to access these resources.

Plant Anatomy is an essential reference for undergraduates taking courses in plant anatomy, applied plant anatomy and plant biology courses; and for researchers and postgraduates in plant sciences.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Morphology and tissue systems: the integrated plant body.

General background.

Adaptation to aerial growth.

The systems in detail.

2 Meristems and meristematic growth.

Introduction.

Apical meristems.

Lateral meristems.

Practical applications and uses of meristems.

3 The structure of xylem and phloem.

Introduction.

The xylem.

The phloem.

Structure–function relationships in primary and.

secondary vascular tissues.

4 The root.

Introduction.

Epidermis.

Cortex.

Endodermis.

Pericycle.

Vascular system.

Lateral roots.

5 The stem.

Introduction.

Stems – cross-sectional appearance.

Transport phloem within the axial system.

Transport tissue – structural components.

Concluding remarks.

6 The leaf.

Introduction.

Leaf structure.

The epidermis.

The mesophyll.

Strengthening systems in the leaf.

The vascular system.

The phloem.

Specifi cs of the monocotyledonous foliage leaf 111.

Secretory structures.

Concluding remarks.

7 Flowers, fruits and seeds.

Introduction.

Vascularization.

SEM studies.

Palynology.

Embryology.

Seed and fruit histology.

8 Adaptive features.

Introduction.

Mechanical adaptations.

Adaptations to habitat.

Xerophytes.

Mesophytes.

Hydrophytes.

Applications.

9 Economic aspects of applied plant anatomy.

Introduction.

Identifi cation and classification.

Taxonomic application.

Medicinal plants.

Food adulterants and contaminants.

Animal feeding habits.

Wood: present day.

Wood: in archaeology.

Forensic applications.

Palaeobotany.

Postscript.

10 Practical microtechnique.

Safety considerations.

Materials and methods.

Microscopy.

Appendix 1 Selected study material.

Appendix 2 Practical exercises.

Glossary.

Cited references.

Further reading.

Index

“This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended.” (CHOICE, February 2009)

Plant anatomy is a foundational and ever-advancing topic. This book by plant anatomy experts Cutler (honorary research fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and president, Linnean Society of London, UK), Botha (Rhodes Univ., Grahamstown, South Africa), and Stevenson (curator and vice president for botanical science, New York Botanical Garden) give an up-to-date and concise treatment of the subject. The work covers classic subjects including morphology, tissue systems, meristems, transport systems, organs, and reproductive structures. Additional chapters address adaptive and applied aspects of plant anatomy, as well as practical microtechnique. A glossary with pictures provides a quick reference guide for terms...This book would be an excellent resource for undergraduate or graduate courses in plant anatomy and plant biology, and a valuable reference for researchers and postgraduates. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals. –R. B. Pratt, California State University–Bakersfield (Choice, February 2009)

"The book is very attractively priced, benefits from many excellent colour images ... Plant anatomy: an applied approach deserves to do well!" (Annals of Botany)

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  • Emphasizes the application of plant anatomy and its relevance to modern botanical research.
  • Features expanded treatment on vegetative anatomy and additional material on functional anatomy.
  • Visit http://virtualplant.ru.ac.za/Main/virtual_Cover.htm for ‘The Virtual Plant’ - a collection of high quality photographs and scanning electron microscope images giving students access to the microscopic detail of plant structures essential to gaining a real understanding of the subject.
  • Exercises for the laboratory are also included on the accompanying website making this work an indispensable resource for lectures and laboratory classes.