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The Incredible Journey of Plants by In this richly illustrated volume, a leading neurobiologist presents fascinating stories of plant migration that reveal unexpected connections between nature and culture. When we talk about migrations, we should study plants to understand that these phenomena are unstoppable. In the many different ways plants move, we can see the incessant action and drive to spread life that has led plants to colonize every possible environment on earth. The history of this relentless expansion is unknown to most people, but we can begin our exploration with these surprising tales, engagingly told by Stefano Mancuso. Generation after generation, using spores, seeds, or any other means available, plants move in the world to conquer new spaces. They release huge quantities of spores that can be transported thousands of miles. The number and variety of tools through which seeds spread is astonishing: we have seeds dispersed by wind, by rolling on the ground, by animals, by water, or by a simple fall from the plant, which can happen thanks to propulsive mechanisms, the swaying of the mother plant, the drying of the fruit, and much more. In this accessible, absorbing overview, Mancuso considers how plants convince animals to transport them around the world, and how some plants need particular animals to spread; how they have been able to grow in places so inaccessible and inhospitable as to remain isolated; how they resisted the atomic bomb and the Chernobyl disaster; how they are able to bring life to sterile islands; how they can travel through the ages, as they sail around the world.
Call Number: QK101 .M36 2020
Photosynthesis and Respiration by The ultimate source of energy is the sun, and the portal through which this life force flows into the biosphere is carried out by green plants. As a result, all organismsplants, animals, and microbesuse photosynthetic energy for their own needs. Photosynthesis and Respiration introduces the concept of plants as photosynthetic machines and follows the flow of energy and carbon through the natural processes of photosynthesis and respiration. The interaction between photosynthesis and the environment is explored throughout this volume, as well as the role that plants play in balancing the global carbon budget. This reference is a vital tool for students and teachers of biological processes.
Call Number: QK882 .H68 2006
Photosynthesis in the Marine Environment by "Marine photosynthesis provides for at least half of the primaryproduction worldwide..." Photosynthesis in the Marine Environment constitutes acomprehensive explanation of photosynthetic processes as related tothe special environment in which marine plants live. The first partof the book introduces the different photosynthesising organisms ofthe various marine habitats: the phytoplankton (both cyanobacteriaand eukaryotes) in open waters, and macroalgae, marine angiospermsand photosymbiont-containing invertebrates in those benthicenvironments where there is enough light for photosynthesis tosupport growth, and describes how these organisms evolved. Thespecial properties of seawater for sustaining primary productionare then considered, and the two main differences betweenterrestrial and marine environments in supportingphotosynthesis and plant growth are examined, namely irradiance andinorganic carbon. The second part of the book outlines the generalmechanisms of photosynthesis, and then points towards thedifferences in light-capturing and carbon acquisition betweenterrestrial and marine plants. This is followed by discussing theneed for a CO2 concentrating mechanism in most of thelatter, and a description of how such mechanisms function indifferent marine plants. Part three deals with the various ways inwhich photosynthesis can be measured for marine plants, with anemphasis on novel in situ measurements, includingdiscussions of the extent to which such measurements can serve as aproxy for plant growth and productivity. The final chapters of thebook are devoted to ecological aspects of marine plantphotosynthesis and growth, including predictions for the future.
Call Number: QK882 .B35 2014
Websites on Photosynthesis
Streaming Video: Photosynthesis
Using animation and photomicrography, this program illustrates the essential steps of photosynthesis and explains its vital role in converting light to chemical energy. It examines chloroplast structure and function and shows the steps of photosynthesis, looking at the light-dependent stage and the light-independent stage and the inputs and outputs of each. The program presents key factors affecting photosynthesis, including light intensity, water availability, carbon dioxide concentration, and temperature; considers the use of glucose by plants; and examines chemosynthetic organisms. It also features a separate sequence illustrating the steps of the Calvin cycle.
Websites on Plant Respiration
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants by Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, 2nd Edition has been hailed as a major contribution to the plant sciences literature and critical acclaim has been matched by global sales success. Maintaining the scope and focus of the first edition, the second will provide a major update, include much new material and reorganise some chapters to further improve the presentation. 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.
Publication Date: 2015
Terrestrial Photosynthesis in a Changing Environment by Understanding how photosynthesis responds to the environment is crucial for improving plant production and maintaining biodiversity in the context of global change. Covering all aspects of photosynthesis, from basic concepts to methodologies, from the organelle to whole ecosystem levels, this is an integrated guide to photosynthesis in an environmentally dynamic context. Focusing on the ecophysiology of photosynthesis - how photosynthesis varies in time and space, responds and adapts to environmental conditions and differs among species within an evolutionary context - the book features contributions from leaders in the field. The approach is interdisciplinary and the topics covered have applications for ecology, environmental sciences, agronomy, forestry and meteorology. It also addresses applied fields such as climate change, biomass and biofuel production and genetic engineering, making a valuable contribution to our understanding of the impacts of climate change on the primary productivity of the globe and on ecosystem stability"-- Provided by publisher.
Publication Date: 2012