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Botany for Dummies

The easy way to score your highest in botany Employment of biological scientists is projected to grow 21% over the next decade, much faster than the average for all occupations, as biotechnological research and development continues to drive job growth. Botany For Dummies gives you a thorough, easy-to-follow overview of the fundamentals of botany, helping you to improve your grades, supplement your learning, or review before a test. Covers evolution by natural selection Offers plain-English explanations of the structure and function of plants Includes plant identification and botanical phenomenon Tracking a typical course in botany, this hands-on, friendly guide is your ticket to acing this required course for your major in biology, microbiology, zoology, or elementary education.
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Introduction. Part I: Plant Basics. Chapter 1: Exploring Botany. Chapter 2: Peering at Plant Cells. Chapter 3: Identifying Plant Tissues. Chapter 4: Vegetative Structures: Stems, Roots, and Leaves. Chapter 5: Reproductive Structures: Spores, Seeds, Cones, Flowers, and Fruits. Part II: The Living Plant: Plant Physiology. Chapter 6: Metabolism: How Living Things Get Energy and Matter. Chapter 7: Photosynthesis: Making Sugar from Scratch. Chapter 8: Cellular Respiration: Making Your Cake and Eating It, Too. Chapter 9: Moving Materials Through Plants. Chapter 10: Regulating Plant Growth and Development. Part III: Making More Plants: Plant Reproduction and Genetics. Chapter 11: Greening the Earth: Plant Reproduction. Chapter 12: Passing Plant Characteristics to the Next Generation. Part IV: The Wide, Wonderful World of Plants: Plant Biodiversity. Chapter 13: Changing with the Times: Evolution and Adaptation. Chapter 14: The Tree of Life: Showing the Relationships Between Living Things. Chapter 15: Examining the Forest Floor: Bryophytes and Seedless Vascular Plants. Chapter 16: Their Seeds Are Naked: Gymnosperms. Chapter 17: Say It with Flowers: Angiosperms. Part V: Plants and People. Chapter 18: Making Connections with Plant Ecology. Chapter 19: Altering Plants by Using Biotechnology. Chapter 20: Thriving on Plants in Everyday Life. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten Weirdest Plants. Chapter 22: Ten Tips for Improving Your Grade in Botany. Index.

About the Author

Rene Fester Kratz, PhD is a Biology instructor at Everett Community College. As a member of the North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership, she worked to develop science curricula that are in alignment with research on human learning.

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