• Science & Mathematics
      August 2018

      Tomatoes

      by E Heuvelink

      This new edition of a successful, practical book provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of all aspects of the production of the tomato crop, within the context of the global tomato industry. Tomatoes are one of the most important horticultural crops in both temperate and tropical regions and this book explores our current knowledge of the scientific principles underlying their biology and production.Tomatoes 2nd Edition covers genetics and breeding, developmental processes, crop growth and yield, fruit ripening and quality, irrigation and fertilisation, crop protection, production in the open field, greenhouse production, and postharvest biology and handling. It has been updated to:- reflect advances in the field, such as developments in molecular plant breeding, crop and product physiology, and production systems.- include a new chapter on organic tomato production.- present photos in full colour throughout.Authored by an international team of experts, this book is essential for growers, extension workers, industry personnel, and horticulture students and lecturers.

    • The natural world, country life & pets

      Ancient Piõnon-Juniper Woodlands

      A Natural History of Mesa Verde Country

      by M Lisa Floyd

      This book gathers together noted scientists and historians to celebrate the varied and unique woodland region surrounding Mesa Verde National Park. One of the most widespread habitat types in the West, piñon-juniper woodlands have faced extensive eradication, grazing pressures, and the encroachment of human developments, and, consequently, only a few mature stands have reached their full growth potential. Mesa Verde Country, with its deep canyons and high ridgetops, is the magnificent home of many of these ancient stands. Impressively broad in scope, Floyd's volume thoroughly explores Mesa Verde Country's important and historic ecosystem. Covering such diverse topics as geologic evolution, natural history, human history, bats, and fungi, to name but a few, this volume will appeal to scientists, resource managers, conservationists, and the lay reader with an interest in this most western of ecosystems.

    • Botany & plant sciences

      Guide To The Trees Of Utah

      by Michael Kuhns

      For any tree enthusiast, be it homeowner, landscaper, recreationist, traveler, or student, who has needed a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to the trees of Utah and the Intermountain West, this new guide is the answer. Tree specialist Michael Kuhns, through extensive research, has compiled a comprehensive list of virtually every native and introduced tree species from the eastern slope of the Rockies westward to the Sierra Nevada, and from north-central Oregon, the Salmon River region, and Yellowstone southward to the Grand Canyon and northern New Mexico. Included in the guide are simple and easy-to-use identification and classification keys, which are accompanied by hundreds of illustrations that introduce basic information on tree anatomy, climate/hardiness zones, and the individual species. Accessible and informative, this comprehensive guide to the trees of the Intermountain West is a welcome addition to the library of any reader wanting basic information on the vast inventory of trees in this region.

    • The natural world, country life & pets

      Rocky Mountain Flora

      by William A Weber

      The Front Range of Colorado is one of America's most famous and spectacular summer playgrounds. Not among the least of the scenic attractions to be found here are the lavish displays of wild flowers in the mountain meadows and alpine heights, the vast expanses of cool, green forested lands, the brilliant splashes of autumn colour of our aspens and sumacs, and the endless rolling grasslands of the eastern plains. There are very few places in the United States where so many types of vegetation are crowded into such a relatively small area, and where in the space of a few minutes time one may alternately bake in the climate of the desert, and shiver in the climate of the far north. Learning to recognise the plants is a first step toward understanding a flora. The species descriptions, delicate line drawings, colour photographs, plant keys, reference materials, and glossary in Rocky Mountain Flora offer an outstanding starting point for the pursuit of botany in the Rockies.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference

      Techniques for Pollination Biologists

      by Carol A Kearns , David W Inouye

      The first book to incorporate all techniques published in the pollination literature as well as unpublished methods compiled from practicing pollination biologists. The bibliography includes 1,200 references from more than 200 journals, plus books and previously unpublished materials. This book presents the newest techniques such as fluorescence microscopy to examine pollen tubes, high-pressure liquid chromatography for nectar analysis, and using particle counters to count pollen grains and nuclear magnetic resonance for floral odour analysis. In addition to these sophisticated methods, basic techniques are described for labelling plants, manipulating flowers, marking or excluding, and designing simple but elegant experiments with small budgets. The book also examines potential pitfalls for pollination studies and offers cautionary advice about designing and implementing different types of pollination experiments.

    • Phycology, algae & lichens

      A Rocky Mountain Lichen Primer

      by William A Weber , James N Corbridge Jr.

      This is an introduction and field guide to lichens in the Rocky Mountain region. It features seventy-two colour plates picturing the most common and conspicuous species to be found in the mountains and foothills of the Rockies. Many of these lichens are also common in other geographic areas, giving the book a broader utility for those interested in lichens elsewhere.In addition to the plates, A ROCKY MOUNTAIN LICHEN PRIMER contains a brief description of each species to assist in identification, along with a general introduction to lichens and their structure. The book is tailored to the novice, and includes a section on beginning a lichen collection.

    • Botany & plant sciences

      Vascular Plants of Northern Utah

      by Richard Shaw

    • Botany & plant sciences
      January 2012

      Grasses of Colorado

      by Robert B Shaw

      This systematic treatment will help students, naturalists, botanists, ecologists, agronomists, range scientists, and other interested readers identify and learn about this unique and economically important plant family. The book describes over 300 native, introduced, naturalised, and adventive species. Comprehensive coverage, useful keys, and detailed species descriptions in Grasses of Colorado will make this volume the standard reference for years to come. Robert B Shaw provides overviews of Colorado's physiography and ecoregions and introduces the grass plant in plain, enjoyable text. He includes a checklist of Colorado grasses, a bibliography, and a glossary of terms that may be unfamiliar to non-specialists.

    • Trees, wildflowers & plants
      April 2012

      Colorado Flora

      by William A Weber, Ronald C Wittmann

      This book describes the remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants. Together, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species so that they can be better stewards of our priceless and irreplaceable biological heritage. These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges, basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys contain interesting anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. Each volume includes a background of botanical work in the state, a complete glossary, indices to common and scientific names, references and suggested readings, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J Popovich on moonworts.

    • Trees, wildflowers & plants
      April 2012

      Colorado Flora

      by William A Weber, Ronald C Wittmann

      This book describes the remarkable flora of the state, distinctive in its altitudinal range, numerous microhabitats, and ancient and rare plants. Together, these volumes are designed to educate local amateurs and professionals in the recognition of vascular plant species so that they can be better stewards of our priceless and irreplaceable biological heritage. These thoroughly revised and updated editions reflect current taxonomic knowledge. The authors describe botanical features of this unparalleled biohistorical region and its mountain ranges, basins, and plains and discuss plant geography, giving detailed notes on habitat, ecology, and range. The keys contain interesting anecdotes and introductions for each plant family. Each volume includes a background of botanical work in the state, a complete glossary, indices to common and scientific names, references and suggested readings, and hundreds of illustrations. The books also contain a new contribution from Donald R. Farrar and Steve J. Popovich on moonworts.

    • Plant ecology
      December 2016

      Plant Biodiversity

      Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation

      by Edited by Abid A Ansari, Sarvajeet Singh Gill

      Plants are important components to the ecosystem. They are the base of the food chain and play a significant role in energy flow and biogeochemical cycling of nutrients between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. They must constantly fight against the environmental modifications, however, that threaten to cause global species extinction and habitat destruction. A new multidisciplinary science has evolved to deal with the crises confronting biological diversity. It has two goals: first, to investigate human impacts on biological diversity and second, to develop practical approaches to prevent extinction of species. This book is a practical update on our knowledge on monitoring, assessment and conservation of plant biodiversity in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and related fields. It includes a general overview of plant biodiversity, investigates a wealth of factors affecting and hindering plant biodiversity before exploring in depth methods of monitoring, assessing and conserving our plant species. Globally relevant, this book is a valuable resource for all researchers, professionals and students of botany and plant biodiversity studies.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      June 2016

      Tropical Forage Legumes

      Harnessing the Potential of Desmanthus and Other Genera for Heavy Clay Soils

      by John R. Lazier, Nazeer Ahmad

      This book includes a detailed analysis of the forage germplasm available which is adapted to heavy clay soils and describes materials collected from sites in the Caribbean, South, Central and North America. It covers successful native and exotic forage legume species that have potential for Belizean soils, and the adaptation of a wide range of forages on Australian clay soils. This book provides an invaluable example of how a global search for adapted and productive forage germplasm can be undertaken and, covering over four decades of research, acts as a key resource for new scientists in the field.

    • Plant pathology & diseases
      April 2016

      Molecular Methods in Plant Disease Diagnostics

      Principles and Protocols

      by Edited by Neil Boonham, Jenny Tomlinson, Rick Mumford.

      Using molecular methods for plant disease diagnosis provides diagnosticians with a number of advantages over more traditional methods. They can allow the identification of morphologically similar species, for example, or the detection of infection prior to symptom formation. Not only can molecular tools help by increasing the efficacy, accuracy and speed of diagnosis; their common technological basis provides further benefits, especially where resources are limited and traditional skills are hard to sustain. This book provides protocols for nucleic acid-based methods currently applied to plant pathogen detection and identification. It takes the practitioner through the full range of molecular diagnostic and detection methods and, as these generic techniques are appropriate for use on any target with minimal modification, also provides a useful resource for students of plant pathology and plant pathologists. Beginning with the background and future directions of the science, it then addresses DNA barcoding, microarrays, polymerase chain reactions (PCR), quality assurance and more, forming a complete reference on the subject.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      March 2016

      Biocontrol of Major Grapevine Diseases

      Leading Research

      by Edited by Stéphane Compant, Florence Mathieu

      Biocontrol of major grapevine diseases provides a timely research update on the use of biological control agents and plant resistance inducers against phytopathogenic infections of the grapevine by fungi, oomycetes, bacteria and phytoplasma.Taking a holistic approach, this book presents in detail the ecology, mechanisms and the application methods of these agents. Its 19 chapters, authored by international experts, cover diseases such as grey mould, trunk diseases, powdery and downy mildews, as well as phytoplasma diseases, and, by nature, emphasise applications of biocontrol in organic viticulture and as part of integrated pest management systems.

    • Plant pathology & diseases
      December 2015

      Virus Diseases of Tropical and Subtropical Crops

      by Edited by Paula Tennant, Gustavo A Fermin M.

      This book describes interactions of plant viruses with hosts and transmission vectors in an agricultural context. Starting with an overview of virus biology, economics and management, chapters then address economically significant plant diseases of tropical and subtropical crops. For each disease, symptoms, distribution, economic impact, causative virus, taxonomy, host range, transmission, diagnostic methods and management strategies are discussed.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      September 2015

      Brassica Oilseeds

      Breeding and Management

      by Edited by Arvind Kumar, Surinder S Banga, Prabhu Dayal Meena, Priya Ranjan Kumar

      Oilseed brassicas are among the largest traded agricultural commodities and are grown in around fifty countries worldwide. Utilised for both consumption and bioenergy use, demand is increasing and this book covers the entire gamut of oilseed brassicas. Beginning with an introduction and then organised into two sections, it reviews genetics and genomics (including breeding, heterosis and selection methods) and stress management and important pathogens, to provide a complete overview of brassica oilseeds.

    • Plant physiology
      April 2015

      Amino Acids in Higher Plants

      by Edited by J P F D'Mello.

      Amino acids play a role in the defence mechanisms and stress responses of plants, as well as in food quality and safety for humans and animals. Recent advances in the field make a comprehensive overview of the information a necessity; this book collates chapters on plant enzymes and metabolism, modulation, molecular aspects and secondary products. Also including information on ecology, the environment and mammalian nutrition and toxicology, it provides an authoritative resource.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      February 2015

      Bioenergy and Biological Invasions

      Ecological, Agronomic and Policy Perspectives on Minimizing Risk

      by Caroline E Ridley, Carol Mallory-Smith, Larissa Smith, Bryan Endres, Russell Jessup, Stephen F Enloe, Rachel Bethke, Lloyd Nackley. Edited by Lauren D Quinn, David P Matlaga, Jacob N Barney. Phang Siew Moi

      Despite major international investment in biofuels, the invasive risks associated with these crops are still unknown. A cohesive state-of-the-art review of the invasive potential of bioenergy crops, this book covers the identified risks of invasion, distributions of key crops and policy and management issues. Including a section on developing predictive models, this book also assesses the potential societal impact of bioenergy crops and how to mitigate invasive risks.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      January 2015

      Vegetable Production and Practices

      by Gregory E Welbaum

      This comprehensive new textbook takes a scientific approach to explaining the principles of modern conventional and sustainable commercial vegetable production. The book describes the basic botany of vegetables, environmental requirements for successful growth and development, mineral nutrition, field establishment, harvesting methods and post-harvest handling practices. Professor Gregory E. Welbaum is a former commercial vegetable grower whose family farm has been involved in crop production for several generations. He has taught both classroom and online vegetable crop classes at Virginia Tech for over two decades. Vegetable Production and Practices has been specifically designed to accompany courses in vegetable crop production, so is ideally suited to inspire students in crop and horticultural sciences, as well as provide a useful reference for experienced practitioners. Read a chapter for free.

    • Botany & plant sciences
      December 2014

      Plants as a Source of Natural Antioxidants

      by Sang-Uk Chon, Feng Chen, S E Atawodi, Nadia Rezende Barbosa Raposo, Emad A Shalaby, Shakti Vinay Shukla, Dimitrios Boskou, Sanath Hettiarachi, S Dutta, S C Sati, D K Jha, Dimitris P Makris, V N Pandey, Hua-Bin Li. Edited by Nawal Kishore Dubey.

      A comprehensive overview of both traditional and current knowledge on the health effects of plant based antioxidants, this book reviews medicinal and aromatic plants from around the world. It covers the different sources of antioxidants including essential oils, algae and marine microorganisms, as well as the role of abiotic and biotic stresses, endophytes, transgenic approaches in scavenging ROS and antioxidant plants used in different therapeutic systems.

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