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Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants, CourseSmart eTextbook, 5th Edition

By Margaret E. McMahon, Anton M. Kofranek, Vincent E. Rubatzky

Published by Prentice Hall

Published Date: Jul 14, 2010

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For courses in Introductory Agronomy, Horticulture, and Applied Plant Science.


Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated Plants, Fifth Edition, is an outstanding resource for anyone with an interest in how plants are grown and utilized for maintaining and adding enjoyment to human life. The text starts with the fundamentals of botany, plant physiology, and environmental factors affecting plant growth, while later sections integrate those topics into strategies of producing plants for human use as food, fiber, and recreation. The concept of sustainability and sustainable methods of growing plants runs throughout the text. Whether you are familiar or unfamiliar with plant science, this book will give you a firm understanding of concepts and terminology related to the growing of plants.


Now in color, the fifth edition includes the most recent statistics, production methods, and issues concerning the production and utilization of plants. 

Table of Contents

unit one

Environmental, Cultural, and Social Factors That Influence the Cultivation and Utilization of Plants

1      History, Trends, Issues, and Challenges in Plant Science

2      Terrestrial Ecosystems and Their Relationship to Cultivating Plants

3      Growing Plants for Human Use

4      Climate

5      Soils


unit two

Plant Structure, Chemistry, Growth, Development, Genetics, Biodiversity, and Processes

6      Structure of Higher Plants

7      Plant Growth and Development

8      Plant Chemistry and Metabolism

9      Genetics and Propagation

10    Cultivated Plants: Naming, Classifying, Origin, Improvement, and Germplasm Diversity and Preservation

11    Photosynthesis and Respiration

12    Water Relations

13    Mineral Nutrition


unit three

Plant Production and Utilization of Plants

14    Soil, Water, and Fertility Management

15    Integrated Management of Weeds, Insects, Diseases, and Other Pests

16    General Considerations for Production, Harvest, Postharvest Handling, and Marketing

17    Field Crops Grown for Food, Fiber, and Fuel

18    Forage Crops and Rangelands

19    Vegetable Production

20    Temperate Fruit and Nut Crops

21    Tropical and Subtropical Crop and Crop Production Systems

22    Nursery Production

23    Floriculture

24    Turfgrasses

25    Landscape Plants

26    Constructed Landscapes and Landscape Design Considerations





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$65.99 | ISBN-13: 978-0-13-501448-6