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Plants and People

Plants and People

by James D. Mauseth
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Plants play a role in the environment, in food, beverage, and drug production, as well as human health. Written for the introductory, non-science major course, Plants and People outlines the practical, economical, and environmental aspects of plants' interaction with humans and the earth. Mauseth provides comprehensive coverage of plants in the environment —global warming, deforestation, biogeography — as well as the role plants play in food, fiber, and medicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449657178
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Publication date: 01/29/2012
Series: Jones & Bartlett Learning Topics in Biology
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 502
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

University of Texas, Austin

Table of Contents

Chapter1 Introduction
Section1 Plants Themselves
Chapter2 Whole plants: Introduction to plant bodies, growth forms and life spans
Chapter3 Cells, tissues and organs: The microscopic components of plant structure
Chapter4 Basic metabolism, translocation of water and mineral nutrition
Chapter5 Energy metabolism: Photosynthesis and respiration
Chapter6 Genes Environment and Development
Chapter7 Sexual and asexual reproduction: Gametes, spores and reproductive organs
Chapter8 Genetics: Transferring information from generation to generation
Chapter9 Adapting to changing environments: Evolution, diversification and systematics
Section2 Plants, People, and the Biosphere
Chapter10 Plant biogeography: The distribution of plants on drifting, changing continents
Chapter11 Climate change: The roles of people, plants and carbon dioxide
Chapter12 Agriculture and the biosphere
Section3 Economic Botany
Chapter13 Food plants: Plants that make our lives possible
Chapter14 Spices and herbs: Plants that make eating fun
Chapter15 Plants as sources of medicines, drugs and psychoactive compounds
Chapter16 Fibers, wood, and chemicals: Plants that clothe and house us
Chapter17 Ornamental plants: Plants that refresh us
Chapter18 Algae and fungi: Close (and not-so-close) relatives of plants

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