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 introduces the reader to a balanced coverage ofconcepts and theories central to community ecology, using examplesdrawn from terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems, andfocusing on animal, plant, and microbial species. Thehistorical development of key concepts is described usingdescriptions of classic studies, while examples of exciting newdevelopments in recent studies are used to point toward futureadvances in our understanding of community organization.Throughout, there is an emphasis on the crucial interplay betweenobservations, experiments, and mathematical models.
This second updated edition is a valuable resource for advancedundergraduates, graduate students, and establishedscientists who seek a broad overview of community ecology.The book has developed from a course in community ecology that hasbeen taught by the author since 1983.
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