Kingdom of Plants: A Journey Through Their Evolution Hardcover – 7 Jun 2012
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‘In a text that couples strong narrative with the latest scientific insights, Will Benson has produced an engrossing account of the evolution of plant life and its importance to our planet’s past, present and future. He takes us on a beautifully illustrated, three-billion-year journey […]. The companion to Sir David Attenborough’s new TV series on plants demands to be read.’
‘A vast story, succinctly, yet compellingly written and a treat for nature and plant lovers.’
About the Author
Will Benson is a science researcher who has worked alongside leading academics in the production of television documentaries for major broadcasters around the world, including most recently the landmark series Kingdom of Plants 3D: With David Attenborough. An early interest in plants led him to work as a horticulturist, after which he went on to study for a BSc in Zoology at the University of Southampton. Will has led and participated in a number of biological research expeditions, working both independently and with NGOs in Nicaragua, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
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Benson charts the major structural changes in plants, from the first oceanic photosynthesizing ancestors (well before fish existed) to the plants we know today. He takes the reader on a journey, relating the evolution of plants to physical environments, which caused adaptions in plants and which in turn were changed by the existence of plants.
A holistic approach is adopted throughout the book: Benson makes frequent reference to the symbiont relationships - co-evolution of pollinators - within the web of life, as well as less harmonious relationships. His zoology degree and research expeditions seem to give him plenty of new material with which to illustrate plant life's grandeur.
The section on extreme survival is especially good. It's main focus is arid environments, outlining the evolution of the (structurally bizarre) cacti in a chapter length case study, which I thought was necessary to really do it justice.
A short chapter is devoted to how fungi relate to plants. Although some readers may object that fungi have a kingdom of their own, I find it's inclusion well justified: Without fungi lands plants (and animals) would not exist, the 'how?' and the 'why?' are simply intriguing.
Despite latter pages reading like an advert for Kew Gardens, Benson has written a phenomenally good book; nobody with a shred of interest in life on Earth will fail to be entertained, educated and astounded!
No fear - it turned out to be the 3rd fascinating book I have read in succession recently. The first chapter deals with the majority of the evolutionary aspects, a high level overview with relatively little depth, but certainly more than gloss. I have no issue with that, as I read other books which provide more detail.
The remaining chapters really concentrate on the inter-relationships between plants and their environment, such as defence and predatory mechanisms, use of other animals in spreading their seeds and pollen, uses in medicine and waste cleanup (fungi chapter, really interesting), survival in challenging climates, their value to the human race and the importance to us of preserving diversity, and much more.
Just a couple of chapter headings to partly illustrate the scope:
"How Plants Have Shaped the World"
"The Power of Fungi", and
"No Plants, No Humans"
A truly comprehensive and fascinating foray into the place of plants in our world. (Oh and terrific photographs)
Only 1 chapter into it, but very interesting & well-written.
There is a beautiful picture literally on almost every double page. Offers lots of refreshment from the text, and complement what is being said well.
I bought this for £5, & I honestly can not believe my luck
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Exactly as described, and arrived in pristine condition. Would recommend!Published 4 months ago by SoapyBubbles