Of all the extraordinary and obscure plants that have been fermented and distilled, a few are dangerous, some are downright bizarre, and one is as ancient as dinosaurs—but each represents a unique cultural contribution to our global drinking traditions and our history.
This fascinating concoction of biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology—with more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners—will make you the most popular guest at any cocktail party.
The book is divided into three main sections. The firstintroductory section sets out the necessary background ofevolutionary and taxonomic theory and introduces a classificationof living plants based on the ways in which they have evolved. Thesecond part investigates how the challenges of life in the waterand on land have led to the evolution of the major taxonomic groupsof the plants, and describes the key adaptations that havecontributed to the success of each group. The final section showshow the contrasting environments of the world's major climaticzones have led to the evolution of such different floras as thoseof tropical rainforests, prairies and deserts. This sectionintroduces a fascinating range of plants with ingenious and oftenbizarre methods of survival and reproduction.
The book is enriched by detailed case studies, points fordiscussion and suggestions for further investigation. In addition,extensive color plates and line drawings bring the world of plantsvividly to life. Clear classification charts and a full glossaryare also useful.
Plant Life is an essential elementary text forundergraduate students and should prove a breath of fresh air forjaded botanists who are accustomed to the traditional taxonomicgrind through the plant kingdom.
This book is meticulously organised and richly illustrated, having over 1,000 full-colour illustrations and 500 photographs. It is divided into five parts covering: Compartments, Cell Reproduction, Energy Flow, Metabolic and Developmental Integration, and Plant Environment and Agriculture. Specific changes to this edition include:Completely revised with over half of the chapters having a major rewrite.Includes two new chapters on signal transduction and responses to pathogens.Restructuring of section on cell reproduction for improved presentation.Dedicated website to include all illustrative material.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants holds a unique place in the plant sciences literature as it provides the only comprehensive, authoritative, integrated single volume book in this essential field of study.
Plants are the source of important industrial raw material such as fat and starch but they are also the basis for the production of pharmaceutics. It is expected that in the future, gene technology will lead to the extensive use of plants as a means of producing sustainable raw material for industrial purposes. As such, the techniques and use of genetic engineering to improve crop plants and to provide sustainable raw materials for the chemical and pharmaceutical industries are described in this edition. The latest research findings have been included, and areas of future research are identified.Offers the latest research findings in a concise and understandable mannerPresents plant metabolism in the context of the structure and the function of plantsIncludes more than 300 two-color diagrams and metabolic schemesCovers the various commercial applications of plant biochemistryProvides extensive references to the recent scientific literature