Plant Biology (Anglais) Broché – 29 mai 2009
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Présentation de l'éditeur
Plant Biology is a new textbook written for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. It is an account of modern plant science, reflecting recent advances in genetics and genomics and the excitement they have created. The book begins with a review of what is known about the origins of modern-day plants. Next, the special features of plant genomes and genetics are explored. Subsequent chapters provide information on our current understanding of plant cell biology, plant metabolism, and plant developmental biology, with the remaining three chapters outlining the interactions of plants with their environments. The final chapter discusses the relationship of plants with humans: domestication, agriculture and crop breeding. Plant Biology contains over 1,000 full color illustrations, and each chapter begins with Learning Objectives and concludes with a Summary.
Biographie de l'auteur
Alison Smith - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
George Coupland - Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
Liam Dolan - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Nicholas Harberd - Sibthorpian Professor of Plant Science, Oxford University, UK
Jonathan Jones - Head of Sainbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Cathie Martin - Group Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Robert Sablowski - Group leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
Abigail Amey - Science Editor, London, UK
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I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this book. When you open it for the first time, you'll be put off by the slightly blocky and gothic typography. You get used to it quickly, though, and I ended up liking it somewhat by the end of the semester.
The figures are relevant and beautiful, many of them being very detailed charts or networks (e.g. the reproductive cycle of mosses and ferns). I found myself referring back to them often, and our professor often included them in his lecture slides.
The breadth and depth of the topics, however, is spotty. For example, the beginning of the book spends maybe 35 pages painstakingly describing the evolution of life from primordial DNA, with no apparent aim. There is also a hilariously long and in-depth discussion of epigenetics, at the level of detail I would have expected from a genetics textbook.
The book also sometimes suffered from laundry-listing chemical, species, or anatomical names instead of providing real insight. The best example of this that I can recall is the section on secondary metabolites. The page was covered with bolded terms like "alkaloid" and "terpenoid" and many specific examples thereof, but didn't offer much understanding of these topics (How and where are they produced? How is their production regulated? How does it differ among species? How does it change with stress? Where are these compounds stored? Etc.).
I'm conflicted in my rating. Some parts of the book deserve four or even five stars. As a full-price primary textbook for a plant biology course, though, I think it deserves three.
If I were teaching a course in botany, though, I'd feel a need to foreground actual plants--as organisms. This book is almost entirely about basic molecular, biochemical, and cellular processes, to the virtual exclusion of the whole plant. The domestication chapter, for instance, is about genes, with little mention of other matters. This means that GM plants are described as a technical triumph, with no mention of possible downsides. Fair enough, in a book dedicated to cellular matters; the authors did not intend to write a book about the whole plant, still less its social implications. But I would warn botany professors that this book is highly specialized and should be used accordingly.
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