Plants: Life from the Earth

Plants: Life from the Earth

by Julie Kerr Casper


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Plants are a vital resource in everyone's life. From acting as a source of food to playing a critical role in the experimentation and manufacturing of medicines, plants are used in a multitude of ways. Today, plants are affected by disease, pollution, overexploitation. and poor land-management practices. Plants: Life From the Earth examines the many plants that exist and the role they play in biodiversity. It focuses on key preservation issues affecting plant life, and the ways everyone can become a "backyard conservationist."

About the Author:
Julie Kerr Casper, Ph.D., has been an earth scientist for the United States Bureau of Land Management

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816063581
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Natural Resources Series
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Preface     vi
Acknowledgments     x
Introduction     xi
Concepts of Botany     1
The Evolution and Adaptation of Plants     30
Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources     42
Development of Botanical Resources     57
Uses of Botanical Resources     75
The Importance of Plants     92
Management of Plants in a Rapidly Changing World     115
Conservation of Critical Botanical Systems     134
Conclusions: Future Issues and Discoveries     152
Appendix     166
Glossary     168
Further Reading     179
Index     187

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