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This introductory text assumes little prior scientific knowledge on the part of the student. It includes sufficient information for some shorter introductory botany courses open to both majors and nonmajors, and is arranged so that certain sections can be omitted without disrupting the overall continuity of the course. Stern emphasizes current interests while presenting basic botanical principles. This latest edition incorporates measurable learning outcomes and updated readings. Students will be introduced to the new classification of plants and plant-related species, integration of biotechnology into several chapters and inclusion of new text boxes addressing the areas of ecology, evolution and molecular biology. New photos have replaced older pictures or have been added also. With this edition we introduce McGraw-Hill Connect[registered] Botany, a web-based assignment and assessment platform that gives students the means to better connect with their coursework, with their instructors, and with the important concepts that they will need to know for success now and in the future. With McGraw-Hill Connect Botany, instructors can deliver interactive assignments, quizzes and tests online. Nearly all the questions from the text are presented in an autogradable format and tied to the text's learning objectives.
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Table of Contents

1 What Is Plant Biology? 2 The Nature of Life 3 Cells 4 Tissues 5 Roots and Soils 6 Stems 7 Leaves 8 Flowers, Fruits, and Seeds 9 Water in Plants 10 Plant Metabolism 11 Growth and Development 12 Meiosis and Alternation of Generations 13 Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 Plant Breeding, Propagation, and Biotechnology 15 Evolution 16 Plant Names and Classifi cation 17 Domain (Kingdom) Bacteria, Domain (Kingdom) Archaea, and Viruses V18 Kingdom Protista 19 Kingdom Fungi 20 Introduction to the Plant Kingdom: Bryophytes 21 The Seedless Vascular Plants: Ferns and Their Relatives 22 Introduction to Seed Plants: Gymnosperms 23 Seed Plants: Angiosperms 24 Flowering Plants and Civilization 25 Ecology 26 Biomes Appendix 1 Scientific Names of Organisms Mentioned in the Text Appendix 2 Biological Controls Appendix 3 Useful and Poisonous Plants, Fungi, and Algae Appendix 4 House Plants and Home Gardening Appendix 5 Metric Equivalents and Conversion Tables Glossary Photo Credits Index

About the Author

Kingsley Stern is currently Professor Emeritus of Botany at California State University, Chico. He received his Ph.D. in botany from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Botanical Society of America, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, and the California Botanical Society.

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