|ISBN: 9780073524221 / 0073524220
Division: Higher Education
Pub Date: JAN-11
|Plants and Society
|About the book|
This introductory, one quarter/one-semester text takes a multidisciplinary approach to studying the relationship between plants and people. The authors strive to stimulate interest in plant science and encourage students to further their studies in botany. Also, by exposing students to society's historical connection to plants, Levetin and McMahon hope to instill a greater appreciation for the botanical world. Plants and Society covers basic principles of botany with strong emphasis on the economic aspects and social implications of plants and fungi.
The sixth edition of Plants and Society will feature a FULL-COLOR interior. More than 350 photographs, many of them new, have been added and nearly 200 illustrations have been redrawn in full color.
Chapter 3 includes information on: the discovery of the world's smallest bacteria which live inside insect pests, how the number of stomata in fossil tree leaves can be used to estimate altitude of populations in the geological past, and the discovery of a carnivorous plant which digests leaf litter on the rain forest floor.
Chapter 6 discusses the development of purple tomatoes and the first hybrid seed in legumes.
Chapter 7 describes the knowledge learned from sequencing the first tree genome while Chapter 15 shows that the development of genetically engineered trees for forestry and agriculture is promising.
The molecular classification of plants in the APG (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group) system is introduced in chapter 8.
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ADVANCES IN AGRICULTURE: (Chapter 11) the relationship of microfossils and domestication of chili peppers, how cats were domesticated for agricultural services for more than 10,000 years, the mutation which changes wild rice to its domesticated form (Chapter 6) the development of purple tomatoes (Chapter 13) the first hybrid seed in legumes (Chapter 15) plant diseases that threaten commercial crops, the availability of GM alfalfa (Chapter 21) the emergence of allelochemics as the generation of herbicides for crops and lawns.
PLANTS AND HEALTH: (Chapter 10) the effectiveness of dietary fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and antioxidant supplements in preventing certain diseases (Chapter 17) research on the spice, turmeric, as an adjunct therapy to fight cancer and other diseases and the relationship of lavender oil and hormonal imbalance in young boys (Chapters 19 and 20) legal issues concerning ephedrine use, medical marijuana, and tobacco products, and (A Closer Look 24.2) the health benefits of polyphenols, particularly, resveratol, in red wine.
Plants and Society focuses primarily on how humans interact with plants in their lives instead of the more typical general botany topics of A&P, diversity, and ecology. Eight introductory, general botany chapters (2-9) provide the instructor with plenty of foundational material before moving on to the engaging applied chapters.
Numerous learning aids for students include chapter outlines, key concepts, boxed readings, summaries, review questions, and glossary.
The companion website to accompany Plants and Society offers a variety of additional resources for instructors and students. Instructors will appreciate full-color PowerPoint image slides that contain illustrations and photos from text, along with suggested activities. A comprehensive bank of test questions, aligned with each chapter
of the text, is also available along with access to EZ Test Online. EZ Test Online allows instructors to create paper and online test or quizzes in one easy to use program. Students will find multiple-choice quizzes, short-answer concept quizzes, web links to chapter-related material, and further resources to aid in their study. Also included is a listing of useful and poisonous plants, as well as tips for growing houseplants and home gardening.
Chapter 9 includes a discussion of the three domain system of Archaea, Bacteria, and Eukarya.
|About the author|
Karen McMahon is a professor at University of Tulsa.
Estelle Levetin is a professor at University of Tulsa.
|Table of contents|
I Plants and Society: The Botanical Connections to Our Lives
1 Plants in Our Lives
II Introduction to Plant Life: Botanical Principles
2 The Plant Cell
3 The Plant Body
4 Plant Physiology
5 Plant Life Cycle: Flowers
6 Plant Life Cycle: Fruits and Seeds
8 Plant Systematics and Evolution
9 Diversity of Plant Life
III Plants as a Source of Food
10 Human Nutrition
11 Origins of Agriculture
12 The Grasses
14 Starchy Staples
15 Feeding a Hungry World
IV Commercial Products Derived from Plants
16 Stimulating Beverages
17 Herbs and Spices
18 Materials: Cloth, Wood, and Paper
V Plants and Human Health
19 Medicinal Plants
20 Psychoactive Plants
21 Poisonous and Allergy Plants
VI Algae and Fungi: The Impact of Algae and Fungi on Human Affairs
22 The Algae
23 Fungi in the Natural Environment
24 Beverages and Foods from Fungi
25 Fungi that Affect Human Health
VII Plants and the Environment
26 Plant Ecology
Appendix A Metric System
Appendix B Classification of Plants