Structure and Function of Plants
Structure and Function of Plants was written as a text for an introductory course in plant anatomy and plant physiology. It is fully illustrated with original drawings and photographs as well as data from the scientific literature. The book begins with the structure and function of plant cells and tissues, and moves on to the anatomy and physiology of roots, stems, leaves and flowers. The more complex subjects of plant nutrition and plant water relations are discussed in the context of the sources of soil fertility and the use of fresh water in the cultivation of food crops. Before introducing the two most fundamental subjects of plant function, photosynthesis and respiration, there is discussion of macromolecules and enzyme activity, the currency of plant metabolism. After exploring the balance between the synthesis of energy as food in photosynthesis and its use in growth and maintenance of the plant through respiration, the interactions of plants with the environment that allow them to occupy a wide range of terrestrial environments are discussed in chapters on environmental and hormonal regulation of plant development. Lastly, the pigments, volatiles and alkaloids plants produce in their quest to survive are acknowledged as the dyes, spices and drugs that enrich our lives.
Plant anatomy, Plant physiology, Textbooks, Pflanzenanatomie, Pflanzenphysiologie
MacAdam, Jennifer W. Structure & Function of Plants. Ames: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.