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 Lerstenpresents the study of the structures and processes involved in thereproduction of plants in his text Flowering PlantEmbryology. This richly illustrated reference text, with morethan 350 figures and illustrations, presents general angiospermembryology as it applies to economically important plants. Theunique focus on economically important species increases therelevance of this book to today’s students and researchers inthe plant sciences.

Lersten emphasizes the plant species that affect humanlivelihood, including weeds and other cultivated plants that areused for commercial products. Selected from the thousands ofeconomically important plants, the examples chosen for illustrationand discussion are familiar, especially to students from NorthAmerica, Northern Europe, and Japan. Although the emphasis of thisbook is economically important plants, the information withinapplies to almost all flowering plants.

Extremely readable and well-written, this book is neither densenor academic in tone. Lersten treats topics with a uniformity ofstyle and organization that enhances comprehension. Terms arewell-defined and the derivation of each is explained to furtherfacilitate student learning. The book presents research results,hypotheses, and speculations about why things are as they are, withsupporting facts and specific examples that provide a firmfoundation for students’ understanding of embryologicaldiversity 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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