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Lichen Biology (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Nash, Thomas H.
Lichens are symbiotic organisms in which fungi and algae and/or cyanobacteria form an intimate biological union. This diverse group is found in almost all terrestrial habitats from the tropics to polar regions. In this second edition, four completely new chapters cover recent developments in the study of these fascinating organisms, including lichen genetics and sexual reproduction, stress physiology and symbiosis, and the carbon economy and environmental role of lichens. The whole text has been fully updated, with chapters covering anatomical, morphological and developmental aspects; the contribution of the unique secondary metabolites produced by lichens to medicine and the pharmaceutical industry; patterns of lichen photosynthesis and respiration in relation to different environmental conditions; the role of lichens in nitrogen fixation and mineral cycling; and the use of lichens as indicators of air pollution. This is a valuable reference for both students and researchers interested in lichenology.
- Contains new chapters on sexual reproduction; stress physiology and symbiosis; the carbon economy of lichens; and the environmental role of lichens
- Carefully selected team of chapter authors ensures authoritative and even coverage
- Comprehensive coverage (including anatomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, systematics), and fully updated throughout
The tree: a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter.Artist/Author: Tudge, Colin.
WAS $50. One of Britain’s most highly regarded science writers looks at trees in exquisite, comprehensive detail: what they are, how they live, how they came into being, and the communities known as forests where they live.
Ginseng, the divine root: the curious history of the plant that captivated the world.Artist/Author: Taylor, David A.
WAS $48. The epic story of an ancient, elusive herb with legendary curative powers that have enticed and mystified us for centuries. Prized for centuries by Chinese emperors, Native American healers, and black market smugglers, Ginseng launched the rise to power of China’s last great and influential dynasty; inspired battles between France and England; precipitated America’s first trade with China; fostered the study of comparative anthropology; was collected and traded by Daniel Boone; and has made and broken the fortunes of many. Today its healing properties are being studied for the treatment of diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. David Taylor takes readers from forests east of the Mississippi to the bustling streets of Hong Kong and deep into remote corners of China as he weaves together the history, culture, and intrigue surrounding the “Root of life”.
Science and Colonial Expansion: The Role of the British Royal Botanic Gardens.Artist/Author: Brockway, Lucile H.
WAS $55.00 An analysis of the political effects of scientific research as exemplified by economic botany during the 19th century. It examines how the British botanic garden network developed and transferred economically important plants to different parts of the world to promote the Empire’s prosperity.
This work analyzes the political effects of scientific research as exemplified by one field, economic botany, during one epoch, the 19th century, when Great Britain was the world’s most powerful nation. Lucile Brockway examines how the British botanic garden network developed and transferred economically important plants to different parts of the world to promote the prosperity of the Empire.
Brockway examines in detail three cases in which British scientists transferred important crop plants to new continents: cinchona (a source of quinine), rubber and sisal. Weaving together botanical, historical, economic, political and ethnographic findings, the author illuminates the remarkable social role of botany and the entwined relation between science and politics in an imperial era.
World checklist of palms.Artist/Author: Govaerts, Rafael and John Dransfield.
The palm family, considered to be second only to the grasses among monocotyledonous plants of economic importance, is of immense significance to man, especially among rural communities in the tropics, where wild palms are intensively utilised. The world checklist of palms is the unique resource that lists all validly published names of palms, providing the source of their publication and indication of which names are currently accepted and which are synonyms. It will provide a standard nomenclatural reference for further research into this important family. It also contains lists of all palm names ever published, and all accepted species with their geographical distribution, indicates full synonymy, provides a single source guide to the correct names of all palms.