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Plant Biology [Paperback]

Alison M. Smith , George Coupland , Liam Dolan , Nicholas Harberd , Jonathan Jones , Cathie Martin , Robert Sablowski , Abigail Amey
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1 Mar 2009 0815340257 978-0815340256 1

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.

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  • Paperback: 679 pages
  • Publisher: Garland Science; 1 edition (1 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815340257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815340256
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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

"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


"As a textbook, Plant Biology’s pedagogic values are very high…. Plant Biology is new and sufficiently different to existing texts to warrant closer inspection….Smith et al.’s Plant Biology is a great achievement, and the authors and publishers are to be complimented on such a worthy endeavour."

-Annals of Botany, September 2009

About the Author

Alison Smith - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

George Coupland - Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany

Liam Dolan - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Nicholas Harberd - Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science, Oxford University, UK

Jonathan Jones - Head of Sainbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Cathie Martin - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Robert Sablowski -  Group leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Abigail Amey - Science Editor, London, UK

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 7 July 2011
By Chris
A very beautiful text book and very precisely and coherently put together. I had to get a copy as soon as I saw the list of authors. They are the best in their fields and clearly their enthusiasm for their subjects is reflected in the quality of the text. Simple but not too simple explanations of many key areas and great illustrations including both many attractive and detailed photos and diagrams. Very streamlined descriptions of core processes that other text books can drag out a bit too much, especially in molecular biology. Comprehensive and broad coverage of many areas of plant science. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars referenced to be complemented 27 Jan 2014
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i've chosen this book from its references and cause i wanted to update my bibliography since this book is newer than i'd until now. i trust it to be a good book and seems to have a little of all, i'm not sure if it's better than plant biology of raven, evert and eichhorn but i've intented to complement and understand this new book with another one that seems to be interesting so as plant molecular biology of blackie and son, purchased some days before, most probably is that i keep them, now by now i'm not interested for further to read again, thank you. gerard
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for cellular matters 15 July 2013
By E. N. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I seriously needed to catch up on the molecular and cellular side of biology, and found it the perfect reference for that. It explains genetics, photosynthesis, respiration, and other basics in enormous detail, and has less but still very useful material on plant defenses, domestication, and other matters cellular and biochemical. It is already getting a bit out of date, e.g. nothing in the defenses section on WRKY transcription factors, and the wheat domestication material is a bit old. (I am writing in 2013). But the basics are there. If you want a reference this is a fine one.
If I were teaching a course in botany, though, I'd feel a need to foreground actual plants--as organisms. This book is almost entirely about basic molecular, biochemical, and cellular processes, to the virtual exclusion of the whole plant. The domestication chapter, for instance, is about genes, with little mention of other matters. This means that GM plants are described as a technical triumph, with no mention of possible downsides. Fair enough, in a book dedicated to cellular matters; the authors did not intend to write a book about the whole plant, still less its social implications. But I would warn botany professors that this book is highly specialized and should be used accordingly.
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique and alternatingly thorough and dense 28 Jun 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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This was assigned as the textbook for an undergraduate plant biology course that I took at a liberal arts college.

I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this book. When you open it for the first time, you'll be put off by the slightly blocky and gothic typography. You get used to it quickly, though, and I ended up liking it somewhat by the end of the semester.

The figures are relevant and beautiful, many of them being very detailed charts or networks (e.g. the reproductive cycle of mosses and ferns). I found myself referring back to them often, and our professor often included them in his lecture slides.

The breadth and depth of the topics, however, is spotty. For example, the beginning of the book spends maybe 35 pages painstakingly describing the evolution of life from primordial DNA, with no apparent aim. There is also a hilariously long and in-depth discussion of epigenetics, at the level of detail I would have expected from a genetics textbook.

The book also sometimes suffered from laundry-listing chemical, species, or anatomical names instead of providing real insight. The best example of this that I can recall is the section on secondary metabolites. The page was covered with bolded terms like "alkaloid" and "terpenoid" and many specific examples thereof, but didn't offer much understanding of these topics (How and where are they produced? How is their production regulated? How does it differ among species? How does it change with stress? Where are these compounds stored? Etc.).

I'm conflicted in my rating. Some parts of the book deserve four or even five stars. As a full-price primary textbook for a plant biology course, though, I think it deserves three.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good textbook 9 Mar 2013
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There are a lot of nice pictures that are descriptive and explained. The only downside is that somtimes it seems like there is too much information and endless details, but it is not hard to understand.
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