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An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development
Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-First Century

2nd Edition

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  • A plant anatomy textbook unlike any other on the market today. Carol A. Peterson described the first edition as 'the best book on the subject of plant anatomy since the texts of Esau'. Traditional plant anatomy texts include primarily descriptive aspects of structure, this book not only provides a comprehensive coverage of plant structure, but also introduces aspects of the mechanisms of development, especially the genetic and hormonal controls, and the roles of plasmodesmata and the cytoskeleton. The evolution of plant structure and the relationship between structure and function are also discussed throughout. Includes extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. It provides students with an introduction to many of the exciting, contemporary areas at the forefront of research in the development of plant structure and prepares them for future roles in teaching and research in plant anatomy.

    • Updated sections include root geotropism, pollen tube growth, differentiation of tracheary elements and the genetic, hormonal and cytoskeletal control of development
    • New sections including the evolution of tracheary elements and a list of general references
    • Extensive bibliographies at end of each chapter to aid students to carry out more in-depth research
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for the first edition:

    "It is the best book on the subject of plant anatomy since the texts of "Esau...can serve equally well as a text...or as a reference for researchers."
    Carol A. Peterson, Annals of Botany

    "A fabulous and important contribution that needs to be read by anyone who calls himself or herself a botanist."
    Karl J. Niklas, Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Biology, Cornell University

    "An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development: Plant Anatomy for the Twenty-first Century is a signficant and informative synthesis. Those interested in plant structure are likely to find it a valuable reference worth owning, For me, it is already proving its usefulness in both teaching and research."
    William B. Sanders, Florida Gulf Coast University for Plant Science Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511764066
    • contains: 275 b/w illus.
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Problems of adaptation to a terrestrial environment
    2. An overview of plant structure and development
    3. The protoplast of the eukaryotic cell
    4. Structure and development of the cell wall
    5. Meristems of the shoot and their roles in plant structure and development
    6. Morphology and development of the primary vascular system of the stem
    7. Sympodial systems and patterns of nodal anatomy
    8. The epidermis
    9. The origin of secondary tissue systems and the effect of their formation on the primary body of seed plants
    10. The vascular cambium: structure and function
    11. Secondary xylem
    12. The phloem
    13. Periderm, rhytidome, and the nature of bark
    14. Unusual features of structure and development in stems and roots
    15. Secretion in plants
    16. The root
    17. The leaf
    18. Reproduction and the origin of the sporophyte.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Biology of Plants
    • Developmental Plant Anatomy
    • Ecosystem and Environmental Science
    • General Botany
    • Plant Anatomy
    • Plant Anatomy and Diversity
    • Plant Anatomy and Morphology
    • Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
    • Plant Development/ I have formally adopted this title for Fa11--please send me a hardcopy.
    • Plant Morphology
  • Author

    Charles B. Beck, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Charles B. Beck, Professor Emeritus, received the PhD degree from Cornell University where he developed an intense interest in the structure of fossil and living plants under the influence of Professor Harlan Banks and Professor Arthur Eames. Following post-doctoral study with Professor John Walton at Glasgow University in Scotland, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan. At Michigan he served one term each as Chairman of the Department of Botany and Director of the Museum of Paleontology. He also served one year as President of the International Organization of Paleobotany. His graduate students pursued research in either plant structure and development or paleobotany. He taught courses in plant anatomy, plant morphology and paleobotany over a period of 35 years.

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