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For introductory courses in plant science.

Thorough foundation in plant cultivation suitable for learners of all levels
Plant Science: Growth, Development, and Utilization of Cultivated PlantsĀ is the premier resource on the basic principles of ecological relationships and their impact on cultivation. Comprehensive and engaging, Plant Science addresses all relevant topics, from the fundamentals of botany to complex cultivation strategies and sustainability concerns. The breadth of topics covered by this text make it ideal for most plant science courses, including the combined agronomy-horticulture curricula that universities are increasingly adopting. The 6th edition has been updated with a wealth of new information, images, and features, and now draws a stronger connection between natural, agricultural, and horticultural ecosystems.

Table of contents

UNIT 1: 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 2: 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 3: PLANT PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION SYSTEMS
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. Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
24. Turfgrasses
25. Landscape Plants
26. Constructed Landscapes and Landscape Design Considerations

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