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Botanicum (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Kathy Willis Botanicum (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Kathy Willis; Illustrated by Katie Scott; Translated by Ria Crafford
R450 R416 Discovery Miles 4 160 Save R34 (8%) Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

Botanicum is ín pragtige volkleur boek wat ín hele klomp raaisels om plante onthul. Hoe het die eerste plante gelyk? Wanneer het die eerste woude gevorm? Wanneer het plante begin blomme dra? Watter plante is die grootste, kleinste, vreemdste, seldsaamste, lelikste en stinkste op aarde? In Botanicum kan jy die mees eksotiese en veemdste plante bymekaar sien. Leer hoe plante al miljoene jare langer as ons bestaan en fassinerede dinge soos hoekom party plante groen is en ander nie en hoe party plante in water leef en ander in die lug hang sonder enige kontak met die grond. Kom ontdek binne Botanicum die wonderlike planteryk in sy kleurryke, verrassende glorie.

Botany at the Bar - The Art and Science of Making Bitters (Hardcover): Selena Ahmed, Ashley DuVal, Rachel Meyer Botany at the Bar - The Art and Science of Making Bitters (Hardcover)
Selena Ahmed, Ashley DuVal, Rachel Meyer 1
R361 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Botany at the Bar is a bitters-making handbook with a beautiful, botanical difference - three scientists present the back-stories and exciting flavours of plants from around the globe and all in a range of tasty, healthy tinctures. Botanists Selena Ahmed, Ashley DuVal and Rachel Meyer from the New York based craft bitters-making company, Shoots & Roots Bitters, take us on an enlightening trip throughout the plant world as they share their unique expertise on the ecology, cultural practices, and medicinal properties just waiting to be discovered at the bottom of your glass. Notes on the origins of bitters, the science of taste and phytochemistry are followed by a neat guide on how to extract and make herbal infusions at home. Add enlightening plant profiles with a mix of unique botanical drink recipes, and this is a truly fascinating experiential insight into the vital meaning of biodiversity today.

Reinventing Hoodia - Peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa (Paperback): Laura A. Foster Reinventing Hoodia - Peoples, plants, and patents in South Africa (Paperback)
Laura A. Foster 1
R350 R277 Discovery Miles 2 770 Save R73 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Native to the Kalahari Desert, Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by generations of indigenous San peoples to have a variety of uses: to reduce hunger, increase energy, and ease breastfeeding. In the global North, it is known as a natural appetite suppressant, a former star of the booming diet industry. In Reinventing Hoodia, Laura Foster explores how the plant was reinvented through patent ownership, pharmaceutical research, the self-determination efforts of indigenous San peoples, contractual benefit sharing, commercial development as an herbal supplement, and bioprospecting legislation. Using a feminist decolonial technoscience approach, Foster argues that although patent law is inherently racialized, gendered, and Western, it offered opportunities for indigenous San peoples, South African scientists, and Hoodia growers to make claims for belonging within the shifting politics of South Africa. This radical interdisciplinary and intersectional account of the multiple materialities of Hoodia illuminates the connections between law, science, and the marketplace, while demonstrating how these domains value certain forms of knowledge and matter differently.

Collins Botanical Bible - A Practical Guide to Wild and Garden Plants (Hardcover): Sonya Patel Ellis Collins Botanical Bible - A Practical Guide to Wild and Garden Plants (Hardcover)
Sonya Patel Ellis
R761 R530 Discovery Miles 5 300 Save R231 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Botanical Bible tells the story of plants and flowers, beginning with an overview of the plant kingdom and the basics of botany, then offering strategies for gardening with purpose. Later chapters introduce seasonal eating, the healing properties of plants and the world of botanical art. This stunning gift book is part history, part science, part beauty book, part cookbook and part art book. It will appeal to anyone wanting to use plants and flowers in modern life, whether they are an accomplished gardener or are simply yearning for a more natural life. This comprehensive guide to plants, flowers and botanicals covers a host of practical uses, features vintage illustrations alongside the work of current artists, and is sure to be an inspiration to anyone interested in the natural world.

Making Eden - How Plants Transformed a Barren Planet (Hardcover): David Beerling Making Eden - How Plants Transformed a Barren Planet (Hardcover)
David Beerling
R521 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R169 (32%) In stock

Over 7 billion people depend on plants for healthy, productive, secure lives, but few of us stop to consider the origin of the plant kingdom that turned the world green and made our lives possible. And as the human population continues to escalate, our survival depends on how we treat the plant kingdom and the soils that sustain it. Understanding the evolutionary history of our land floras, the story of how plant life emerged from water and conquered the continents to dominate the planet, is fundamental to our own existence. In Making Eden David Beerling reveals the hidden history of Earth's sun-shot greenery, and considers its future prospects as we farm the planet to feed the world. Describing the early plant pioneers and their close, symbiotic relationship with fungi, he examines the central role plants play in both ecosystems and the regulation of climate. As threats to plant biodiversity mount today, Beerling discusses the resultant implications for food security and climate change, and how these can be avoided. Drawing on the latest exciting scientific findings, including Beerling's own field work in the UK, North America, and New Zealand, and his experimental research programmes over the past decade, this is an exciting new take on how plants greened the continents.

Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants - Darwin's Botany Today (Paperback, Main): Ken Thompson Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants - Darwin's Botany Today (Paperback, Main)
Ken Thompson 1
R212 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R52 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Most of us think of Darwin at work on The Beagle, taking inspiration for his theory of evolution from his travels in the Galapagos. But Darwin published his Origin of Species nearly thirty years after his voyages and most of his labours in that time were focused on experimenting with and observing plants at his house in Kent. He was particularly interested in carnivorous and climbing plants, and in pollination and the evolution of flowers. Ken Thompson sees Darwin as a brilliant and revolutionary botanist, whose observations and theories were far ahead of his time - and are often only now being confirmed and extended by high-tech modern research. Like Darwin, he is fascinated and amazed by the powers of plants - particularly their Triffid-like aspects of movement, hunting and 'plant intelligence'. This is a much needed book that re-establishes Darwin as a pioneering botanist, whose close observations of plants were crucial to his theories of evolution.

Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens (Hardcover): S.L. Kochhar Major Flowering Trees of Tropical Gardens (Hardcover)
S.L. Kochhar
R1,746 R1,642 Discovery Miles 16 420 Save R104 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback): Donald Cox Naturalist's Guide to Forest Plants - An Ecology for Eastern North America (Paperback)
Donald Cox
R359 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R70 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Donald D. Cox brings together a wide range of information about the forests of eastern North America, including the origins and types of soils and their relationships to vegetation, climate, and human culture; the members of the plant kingdom and the fungi that are found in forests; the methods by which forest plants reproduce and disperse their seeds; and toxic, medicinal, and edible plants that grow in forests. Cox provides complete and accurate details for those readers who are interested in collecting forest plants and preserving plant collections. For readers who wish to go a step beyond identifying and collecting plants, the final chapter describes non-technical investigations, activities, and projects. The author emphasizes forest conservation and habitat preservation throughout this invaluable book.

New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation (Hardcover): John Grimshaw, Ross Bayton New Trees: Recent Introductions to Cultivation (Hardcover)
John Grimshaw, Ross Bayton; Illustrated by Hazel Wilks
R2,560 R1,973 Discovery Miles 19 730 Save R587 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

New Trees complements the existing standard encyclopaedic references to trees by Bean and Krussmann, providing comprehensive botanical descriptions and horticultural commentary on over 800 tree species introduced to cultivation in recent decades, for which there is no comparable source of information. Commissioned and produced by the International Dendrology Society, this major reference work covers species grown in the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, with horticultural notes from a network of growers and enthusiasts backed up by recent scientific studies. The resulting accounts are packed with information presented in an accessible style. The book is illustrated with over a hundred line drawings by Hazel Wilks, and 580 photographs, portraying many rarely seen trees. Introductory chapters discuss conservation issues and modern techniques of tree-growing as well as a background to the species accounts. A unique feature is the cross-referencing to other texts, making it easy to locate information on species not described here. There is a comprehensive glossary and bibliography.

CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 5 - Volume 5: Bulbophyllum (English, French, Spanish, Paperback): A. Sieder, H Rainer, M. Kiehn CITES Orchid Checklist Volume 5 - Volume 5: Bulbophyllum (English, French, Spanish, Paperback)
A. Sieder, H Rainer, M. Kiehn
R596 R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Save R114 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the fifth in the CITES orchid checklists series and covers the genera Acrochaene, Bulbophyllum, Chaseella, Codonosiphon, Drymoda, Monomeria, Monosepalum, Pedilochilus, Saccoglossum, Sunipia and Trias. It contains a full list of accepted names, synonyms and distribution of all the species concerned and is an essential tool for anyone working in CITES or on orchids.
The CD-ROM includes orchid checklists 1-5, a total of some 46 genera. Also included on the CD-ROM are the three books in the series of CITES User's Guides, CITES and Plants, CITES and Succulents and CITES and Slipper Orchids. These include fully illustrated PowerPoint training presentations and full text in English, French and Spanish.

The Plant Messiah - Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species (Paperback): Carlos Magdalena The Plant Messiah - Adventures in Search of the World's Rarest Species (Paperback)
Carlos Magdalena 1
R230 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R73 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Carlos Magdalena of Kew Gardens is not your average botanical horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants from destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. He is a plant messiah. From the planet's tiniest waterlily - the Nymphaea thermarum - to Huarango trees with roots over 50 metres long, Carlos has a miraculous ability to bring breathtakingly beautiful plants back from the brink of extinction. He has travelled to the most remote and dangerous parts of the world - from the mountains of Peru to isolated Indian Ocean islands to the deepest Australian outback - in search of the rarest exotic species. Then, back in the Tropical Nursery at Kew, he uses pioneering, left-field techniques to help them grow. Now he's here to spread the gospel. The Plant Messiah is the inspirational story of a man who has devoted - and risked - his life to save incredible species, all in the name of making this Earth a greener and happier place. Amen to that.

Plants that Fight Cancer (Hardcover): Spiridon E. Kintzios, Maria G. Barberaki Plants that Fight Cancer (Hardcover)
Spiridon E. Kintzios, Maria G. Barberaki
R3,695 Discovery Miles 36 950 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Contents:
1. What Do We Know About Cancer and It's Therapy? 2. Plants and Cancer 3. Terrestrial Plant Species With Anticancer Activity: A Presentation 4. Cytotoxic Metabolites form Marine Algae Appendix - Chemical Structures of Selected Compounds

Botanicum Poster Book (Paperback): Katherine J. Willis Botanicum Poster Book (Paperback)
Katherine J. Willis; Illustrated by Katie Scott 2
R318 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R60 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This large-format poster book lets you decorate your walls with images from Katie Scott's Botanicum. Featuring plantlife of all kinds, from right around the world, it's a stunning celebration of all things botanical.

A Gardener's Latin - The language of plants explained (Hardcover): Richard Bird A Gardener's Latin - The language of plants explained (Hardcover)
Richard Bird 1
R241 R171 Discovery Miles 1 710 Save R70 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Every gardener needs to know their Latin names. They may look confusing at first, but once you understand what certain key words mean, impenetrable-sounding and hard-to-pronounce species names are suddenly demystified. Many Latin names hide the secrets of where the plant is found, its colour, flowering times, leaf pattern, natural habitat and all sorts of other information that's extremely useful to the gardener: if you want a plant for a shady place, choose one with a name ending in sylvestris ('of woods'), while if your garden is dry, look out for the suffix epigeios ('of dry places'). More than just a dictionary of plant names, this fascinating book explains the meaning of hundreds of Latin plant terms, grouped into handily themed sections such as plants that are named after famous women, plants that are named after the shape of their leaves, plants that are named after their fragrance or the time of year that they flower. Within these pages you'll learn that Digitalis purpurea (the common foxglove) is purple, that the sanguineum in Geranium sanguineum means 'bloody' (its common name is the bloody cranesbill), and to steer clear of any plant whose Latin name ends in infestus.

Manual of Leaf Architecture (Paperback): Beth Ellis, Douglas C. Daly, Leo J. Hickey, John V. Mitchell, Kirk R Johnson, Peter... Manual of Leaf Architecture (Paperback)
Beth Ellis, Douglas C. Daly, Leo J. Hickey, John V. Mitchell, Kirk R Johnson, …
R675 Discovery Miles 6 750 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Published in Association with the New York Botanical Garden

The Manual of Leaf Architecture is an essential reference for describing, comparing, and classifying the leaves of flowering plants. This manual, illustrated with dozens of line drawings and more than 300 photographs of prepared stained leaves, provides a framework with comparative examples allowing consistent and detailed description of both modern and fossil leaves. This one-of-a-kind resource will be invaluable to a broad range of people who work with plants, from paleobotanists to systematists to tropical ecologists.

The Manual allows for the description and identification of plants independently of their flowers, offering especially useful assistance in the case of fossil leaves (usually found in isolation) and tropical plants, whose flowering cycles can be brief and irregular, and whose fruits and flowers may be difficult to access. It provides long-needed guidelines for characterizing the organization, shape, venation, and margins of the leaves of flowering plants.

Beginning with a set of illustrated definitions of leaf characters, this manual proceeds to define and illustrate the variations on each of these characters. The system presented here is based on a widely tested scheme but has been significantly expanded and refined through the detailed examination of thousands of living and fossil leaves.

Plains Apache Ethnobotany (Hardcover): Julia A. Jordan Plains Apache Ethnobotany (Hardcover)
Julia A. Jordan; Foreword by Paul E Minnis, Wayne J Elisens
R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"One tribe's traditional knowledge of plants, presented for the first time"

Residents of the Great Plains since the early 1500s, the Apache people were well acquainted with the native flora of the region. In "Plains Apache Ethnobotany," Julia A. Jordan documents more than 110 plant species valued by the Plains Apache and preserves a wealth of detail concerning traditional Apache collection, preparation, and use of these plant species for food, medicine, ritual, and material culture.

The traditional Apache economy centered on hunting, gathering, and trading with other tribes. Throughout their long history the Apache lived in or traveled to many different parts of the plains, gaining an intimate knowledge of a wide variety of plant resources. Part of this traditional knowledge, especially that pertaining to plants of Oklahoma, has been captured here by Jordan's fieldwork, conducted with elders of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma in the mid-1960s, a time when much traditional knowledge was being lost.

"Plains Apache Ethnobotany" is the most comprehensive ethnobotanical study of a southern plains tribe. Handsomely illustrated, this book is a valuable resource for ethnobotanists, anthropologists, historians, and anyone interested in American Indian use of native plants.

Orchid Biotechnology (Paperback): Hong-Hwa Chen, Wen-Huei Chen Orchid Biotechnology (Paperback)
Hong-Hwa Chen, Wen-Huei Chen
R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The diversity and specialization in orchid floral morphology have fascinated botanists and collectors for centuries. In the past 10 years, the orchid industry has been growing substantially worldwide. This interesting book focuses on the recent advances in orchid biotechnology research since the last 10 years in Taiwan. To advance the orchid industry, enhancement of basic research as well as advanced biotechnology will provide a good platform to improve the flower quality and breeding of new varieties. Important topics covered include the new knowledge of basic genome, through floral morphogenesis, floral ontology, embryogenesis, micropropagation, to functional genomics such as EST, virus-induced gene silencing, and genetic transformation.

Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart): Jerry Jenkins Sedges of the Northern Forest - Quick Guide (Fold-out book or chart)
Jerry Jenkins
R226 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R40 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Quick Guide for Sedges of the Northern Forest contains two double-sided photographic charts that allow users to see high-res, close-up images of the more than 200 sedges in the Northern Forest region. The map-sized folding charts are water-resistant and field-friendly, the perfect companion to the Photographic Guide. This product was made in collaboration with the Northern Forest Atlas Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program.

Ozark Wildflowers (Paperback): Thomas E. Hemmerly Ozark Wildflowers (Paperback)
Thomas E. Hemmerly
R472 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R98 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Covering approximately 50,000 square miles, the Ozarks is an upland region that spans four states--Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Illinois. In this beautifully illustrated, practical field guide, ecologist and botanist Thomas E. Hemmerly identifies more than 600 species of Ozark flowering plants. "Ozark Wildflowers" is the only book with full color photographs that covers all flowering plants of the Ozark region, including the Ouachita Mountains and Crowley's Ridge.

Hemmerly's primary focus is herbaceous plants, but he also includes an assortment of trees, shrubs, and woody vines with showy flowers. He conveniently organizes the species descriptions primarily by color and secondarily by the grand group--monocot or dicot--to which they belong. To further assist the reader, Hemmerly has included a glossary, an appendix of Ozark natural areas, a bibliography, and an index.

In addition to serving as an identification guide, "Ozark Wildflowers" features plants in the context of their environment and the regions where they occur. Hemmerly surveys other plants and animals that form communities with wildflowers and describes the soil, water, climate, and geology that influence Ozark ecology. The author also provides valuable information regarding any medical or ethnobotanical uses of the plants discussed.

Field Notes From the Northern Forest (Hardcover, New): Curt Stager Field Notes From the Northern Forest (Hardcover, New)
Curt Stager; Illustrated by Anne E. Lacy
R548 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

With the same humor and personable ease that characterizes the popular weekly nature program that he coproduces on North Country Public Radio, Curt Stager draws on the latest scientific literature and on his own observations to share his curiosity about the natural world. These twenty natural science essays take us down to ground level to explore the lives of animals, plants, and fungi commonly encountered in the conifer, hardwood, and mixed wood forests of northeastern North America.

Joseph Banks (Paperback, New edition): Patrick O'Brian Joseph Banks (Paperback, New edition)
Patrick O'Brian
R366 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R69 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), was a naturalist, explorer, president for more than forty years of the Royal Society, Britain's oldest scientific institution, and one of Australia's founding fathers. He first rose to fame when, as a young botanist, he accompanied Captain Cook on his epic circumnavigation that resulted in the discovery of Australia. He was a central figure in a generation that transformed an insular monarchy into a modern industrial powerhouse. Yet a complete picture of Banks's long life has never emerged from the vast archive left at his death. The young Banks sailed on expeditions to North America and Iceland as well as the Pacific; he was also instrumental in establishing Kew Gardens as one of the world's greatest botanical centers. An indefatigable correspondent, he had a wide circle of friends and associates, including Cuvier, Watt, Samuel Johnson, and Edward Gibbon. Patrick O'Brian's masterful biography, which makes full use of Banks's letters and journals (some hitherto unknown), brings from the shadows a man of enduring importance. Banks emerges as a cheerful, forthright, and hospitable man whose true genius lay in promoting the enthusiasms of others. His legacy survives not only in his magnificent Florilegium, the record of his botanical studies in the South Seas, but in the development of the Australian continent and the tenor and tradition of subsequent scientific enterprise. Joseph Banks: A Life, gracefully written by one of England's prose masters, provides a fascinating overview of a full and important life.

Orchids of the Northeast - A Field Guide (Hardcover): William K Chapman Orchids of the Northeast - A Field Guide (Hardcover)
William K Chapman
R873 Discovery Miles 8 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This field guide provides a survey of orchids found in the northeastern United States. Along with identification keys and glossary of botanical terms, the book includes research collected on orchids.

Mushrooms of North America in Color - A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi (Hardcover, New): Alan E. Bessette Mushrooms of North America in Color - A Field Guide Companion to Seldom-Illustrated Fungi (Hardcover, New)
Alan E. Bessette
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This volume is the first guide to identify mushroom species not commonly classified or illustrated elsewhere in current literature. The book, which will serve as a companion to other popular field guides, shows how to distinguish lesser-known mushrooms from other common fungi. Found in a variety of habitats in North America, each species has an accurate and up-to-date description, a color illustration, and detailed information on its distinctive species characteristics. The book is written for the amateur and professional mycologist alike. Anyone, however, who is interested in collecting mushrooms will find it a valuable contribution to the field.

Wild Flowers of Tidewater Virginia (Hardcover): Oscar W. Gupton, Fred C. Swope Wild Flowers of Tidewater Virginia (Hardcover)
Oscar W. Gupton, Fred C. Swope
R412 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R79 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The design of this book is to furnish information with which the plants can be identified without resorting to technical language or requiring that the structure of plant parts be understood. Color photographs and descriptive comments are provided as identification materials for each species.

Plant Biology and Biotechnology - Volume I: Plant Diversity, Organization, Function and Improvement (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015):... Plant Biology and Biotechnology - Volume I: Plant Diversity, Organization, Function and Improvement (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Bir Bahadur, Manchikatla Venkat Rajam, Leela Sahijram, K.V. Krishnamurthy
R5,604 R4,401 Discovery Miles 44 010 Save R1,203 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This volume offers a much-needed compilation of essential reviews on diverse aspects of plant biology, written by eminent botanists. These reviews effectively cover a wide range of aspects of plant biology that have contemporary relevance. At the same time they integrate classical morphology with molecular biology, physiology with pattern formation, growth with genomics, development with morphogenesis, and classical crop-improvement techniques with modern breeding methodologies. Classical botany has been transformed into cutting-edge plant biology, thus providing the theoretical basis for plant biotechnology. It goes without saying that biotechnology has emerged as a powerful discipline of Biology in the last three decades. Biotechnological tools, techniques and information, used in combination with appropriate planning and execution, have already contributed significantly to economic growth and development. It is estimated that in the next decade or two, products and processes made possible by biotechnology will account for over 60% of worldwide commerce and output. There is, therefore, a need to arrive at a general understanding and common approach to issues related to the nature, possession, conservation and use of biodiversity, as it provides the raw material for biotechnology. More than 90% of the total requirements for the biotechnology industry are contributed by plants and microbes, in terms of goods and services. There are however substantial plant and microbial resources that are waiting for biotechnological exploitation in the near future through effective bioprospection. In order to exploit plants and microbes for their useful products and processes, we need to first understand their basic structure, organization, growth and development, cellular process and overall biology. We also need to identify and develop strategies to improve the productivity of plants. In view of the above, in this two-volume book on plant biology and biotechnology, the first volume is devoted to various aspects of plant biology and crop improvement. It includes 33 chapters contributed by 50 researchers, each of which is an expert in his/her own field of research. The book begins with an introductory chapter that gives a lucid account on the past, present and future of plant biology, thereby providing a perfect historical foundation for the chapters that follow. Four chapters are devoted to details on the structural and developmental aspects of the structures of plants and their principal organs. These chapters provide the molecular biological basis for the regulation of morphogenesis of the form of plants and their organs, involving control at the cellular and tissue levels. Details on biodiversity, the basic raw material for biotechnology, are discussed in a separate chapter, in which emphasis is placed on the genetic, species and ecosystem diversities and their conservation. Since fungi and other microbes form an important component of the overall biodiversity, special attention is paid to the treatment of fungi and other microbes in this volume. Four chapters respectively deal with an overview of fungi, arbuscularmycorrhizae and their relation to the sustenance of plant wealth, diversity and practical applications of mushrooms, and lichens (associated with a photobiont). Microbial endosymbionts associated with plants and phosphate solubilizing microbes in the rhizosphere of plants are exhaustively treated in two separate chapters. The reproductive strategies of bryophytes and an overview on Cycads form the subject matter of another two chapters, thus fulfilling the need to deal with the non-flowering Embryophyte group of plants. Angiosperms, the most important group of plants from a biotechnological perspective, are examined exhaustively in this volume. The chapters on angiosperms provide an overview and cover the genetic basis of flowers development, pre-and post-fertilization reproductive growth and development, seed biology and technology, plant secondary metabolism, photosynthesis, and plant volatile chemicals. A special effort has been made to include important topics on crop improvement in this volume. The importance of pollination services, apomixes, male sterility, induced mutations, polyploidy and climate changes is discussed, each in a separate chapter. Microalgalnutra-pharmaceuticals, vegetable-oil-based nutraceuticals and the importance of alien crop resources and underutilized crops for food and nutritional security form the topics of three other chapters in this volume. There is also a special chapter on the applications of remote sensing in the plant sciences, which also provides information on biodiversity distribution. The editors of this volume believe the wide range of basic topics on plant biology that have great relevance in biotechnology covered will be of great interest to students, researchers and teachers of botany and plant biotechnology alike.

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