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: <a href="[external URL] target="—blank">[external URL] 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.
1 Morphology and tissue systems: the integrated plant body.
Adaptation to aerial growth.
The systems in detail.
2 Meristems and meristematic growth.
Practical applications and uses of meristems.
3 The structure of xylem and phloem.
Structure–function relationships in primary and.
secondary vascular tissues.
4 The root.
5 The stem.
Stems – cross–sectional appearance.
Transport phloem within the axial system.
Transport tissue – structural components.
6 The leaf.
Strengthening systems in the leaf.
The vascular system.
Specifi cs of the monocotyledonous foliage leaf 111.
7 Flowers, fruits and seeds.
Seed and fruit histology.
8 Adaptive features.
Adaptations to habitat.
9 Economic aspects of applied plant anatomy.
Identifi cation and classification.
Food adulterants and contaminants.
Animal feeding habits.
Wood: present day.
Wood: in archaeology.
10 Practical microtechnique.
Materials and methods.
Appendix 1 Selected study material.
Appendix 2 Practical exercises.
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)