Flowering Plant Embryology: With Emphasis on Economic Species

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 28, 2008 - Science - 224 pages
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Drawing from a lifetime of teaching botany, Dr. Nels Lersten presents the study of the structures and processes involved in the reproduction of plants in his text Flowering Plant Embryology. This richly illustrated reference text, with more than 350 figures and illustrations, presents general angiosperm embryology as it applies to economically important plants. The unique focus on economically important species increases the relevance of this book to today’s students and researchers in the plant sciences.

Lersten emphasizes the plant species that affect human livelihood, including weeds and other cultivated plants that are used for commercial products. Selected from the thousands of economically important plants, the examples chosen for illustration and discussion are familiar, especially to students from North America, Northern Europe, and Japan. Although the emphasis of this book is economically important plants, the information within applies to almost all flowering plants.

Extremely readable and well-written, this book is neither dense nor academic in tone. Lersten treats topics with a uniformity of style and organization that enhances comprehension. Terms are well-defined and the derivation of each is explained to further facilitate student learning. The book presents research results, hypotheses, and speculations about why things are as they are, with supporting facts and specific examples that provide a firm foundation for students’ understanding of embryological diversity among economic plants.

 

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Contents

With Emphasis on Economic Species Preface
1
With Emphasis on Economic Species Introduction
3
With Emphasis on Economic Species 2 Stamen and Androecium
10
With Emphasis on Economic Species 3 Pollen Development Theme and Variations
22
With Emphasis on Economic Species 4 Pollen Development Details of Stages
36
With Emphasis on Economic Species 5 Carpel and Gynoecium
65
With Emphasis on Economic Species 6 Ovule and Embryo Sac
83
With Emphasis on Economic Species 7 Pollination and PollenStigma Interaction
105
With Emphasis on Economic Species 8 Pollen Germination Pollen Tube Growth and Double Fertilization
119
With Emphasis on Economic Species 9 Endosperm
150
With Emphasis on Economic Species 10 The Embryo
172
With Emphasis on Economic Species Index
209
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Nels Lersten is Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, Ames, and holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Berkeley and an MS from the University of Chicago. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Botany, former Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science.

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