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Reaching for the sun : how plants work

Author: John King
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"From their ability to use energy from sunlight to make their own food, to combating attacks from diseases and predators, plants have evolved an amazing range of life-sustaining strategies. Written with the non-specialist in mind, John King's lively natural history explains how plants function, from how they gain energy and nutrition to how they grow, develop and ultimately die. New to this edition is a section  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John King
ISBN: 9780521518048 0521518040 9780521736688 0521736684
OCLC Number: 828893778
Description: xi, 298 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Part I. Plants and Energy: 1. Photosynthesis: the leitmotiv of life; 2. Plant respiration: breathing without lungs; References; Part II. Plant Nutrition: 3. Plants are cool, but why?; 4. Nutrition for the healthy lifestyle; 5. Nitrogen, nitrogen, everywhere ... ; 6. Transport of delights; References; Part III. Growth and Development: 7. Growth: the long and the short of it; 8. The time of their lives; 9. A dash of seasoning; 10. Dormancy: a matter of survival; 11. Color, fragrance, and flavor; References; Part IV. Stress, Defense, and Decline: 12. Stressful tranquility; 13. Chemical warfare; 14. Senescence and death; References; Part V. Plants and the Environment: 15. Elemental cycles; 16. The human touch; Genetic engineering in a rapidly changing world; References; Epilogue; Index.
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