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Description - Flowering Plant Embryology by Nels R. Lersten

Flowering plant embryology is the study of structures and processes involved in sexual reproduction in plants. This richly illustrated reference presents general angiosperm embryology as it applies to economically important plants. Drawing on a lifetime of teaching botany, Nels Lersten emphasizes the species that affect our livelihood, including weeds as well as plants cultivated or otherwise utilized for their products. Selected from the thousands of economically important plants, the examples chosen for illustration and discussion will be familiar to students from northern latitudes such as North America, Northern Europe, and Japan. Although the emphasis of this book is on economically important plants, this information applies to almost all flowering plants. The focus on economically important species is unique and increases the relevance of this material to the needs of students. Extremely readable and well-written, this book is neither dense nor academic in tone. Lersten treats topics with a uniformity of style and organization that enhances comprehension. Terms are defined and the derivation of each is explained to further facilitate student learning. The book presents research results, hypotheses, and speculations about why things are as they are, with supporting facts and specific examples that provide a firm foundation for students' understanding of embryological diversity among economic plants. Students and researchers in the plant sciences will rely on this text as a basis for their studies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813827476
ISBN-10: 0813827477
Format: Hardback
(265mm x 187mm x 19mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Iowa State University Press
Publisher: Iowa State University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nels R. Lersten

Nels Lersten is Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University, Ames, and holds a Ph.D. in Botany from Berkeley and an MS from the University of Chicago. He is a former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Botany, former Editor-in-Chief, Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science.