All Flesh Is Grass: Plant-Animal Interrelationships

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Joseph Seckbach, Zvy Dubinsky
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 11, 2010 - Technology & Engineering - 532 pages
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This new book takes us through a journey from early life to modern agriculture. The thirty eight authors present current studies on the interrelation of plants-animals. This topic has always fascinated man, as evidenced even by the first chapters of Genesis. The world of aqueous and terrestrial fauna appeared on early earth only after the flora covered the areas with the green pigmentation. Almost all life depends upon sunlight via the photosynthesis of the botanical world. We read abut the harnessing of bee pollination of crops to make it an essential component of modern agriculture endeavor. Some plants seduce insects for pollination by their appearance (e.g., disguised orchids entice visitors); there is the production of sweet nectar as a bribe in flowers to attract bees, butterflies, and honey-sucking birds. A particular outstanding phenomena are the carnivorous plants that have developed trapping and digesting systems of insects and higher animals.
 

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Contents

EVOLUTION of Plant ani malrel ation ship
2
INSECTS INTERA CTIONS
35
POLLINAT ION AND SEED DISPERSAL
147
ANIMALS AND HUMANSINVOLVEMENT
215
PLANT DEFENSES
284
MAR INE ENVIRONMENTS
320
CAR NIVOROUS PLANTS
453
ORGANISM Index
519
SUBJECT Index
523
Author Index
530
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