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Principles of Plant Science: Environmental Factors and Technology in Growing Plants

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Principles of Plant Science: Environmental Factors and Technology in Growing Plants

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Principles of Plant Science: Environmental Factors and Technology in Growing Plants By Dennis R. Decoteau. Pearson Education, Inc., Pearson Prentice Half, 2005, 412 pages, Hardcover $98.00

As indicated by the author in the Preface, this book is designed for use in introductory plant science or horticulture courses and could be used for applied plant (crop) physiology courses at universities or community colleges. The primary emphasis is on environmental factors and their role in plant growth and production.

The book contains 20 Chapters, organized into three Parts: 1) An Overview of the Plant Sciences (Chap. 1-4), 2) Basics of Plant Growth and Development (Chap. 5-8) and 3) Environmental Factors that Influence Plant Growth and Crop Production Technologies (Chap. 9-20). Chapters contain text with numerous headings, pictures, figures and tables and each has a Summary, Review Questions, Selected References and Selected Internet Sites. Five Appendices are also included at the back: Conversion of SI and Non-Si units, Physical Constants, Prefixes for SI Units Conversion, and a Compilation of Internet Resources.

As noted by the author in the Preface, the three sections are designed to provide an overview of the plant sciences; a primer on plant growth and development (photosynthesis and respiration, plant hormones, and ecology); and environmental factors. …

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