Botany: An Introduction .- PART I: THE BIOLOGY OF THE PLANT CELL .- The Molecular Composition of Plant Cells.- The Plant Cell and the Cell Cycle.- The Movement of Substances Into and Out of Cells.- PART II: ENERGETICS.- The Flow of Energy.- Respiration.- Photosynthesis, Light, and Life.- PART III: GENETICS AND EVOLUTION.- Sexual Reproduction and Heredity.- The Chemistry of Heredity and Gene Expression.- Recombinant DNA Technology, Plant Biotechnology, and Genomics.- The Process of Evolution.- PART IV: DIVERSITY.- Systematics: The Science of Biological Diversity.- Prokaryotes and Viruses.- Fungi.- Algae and Heterotrophic Protists.- Bryophytes.- Seedless Vascular Plants.- Gymnosperms.- Introduction to the Angiosperms.- Evolution of the Angiosperms.- Plants and People.- PART V: THE ANGIOSPERM PLANT BODY: STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT.- Early Development of the Plant Body.- Cells and Tissues of the Plant Body.- The Root: Structure and Development.- The Shoot: Primary Structure and Development.- Secondary Growth in Stems.- PART VI: PHYSIOLOGY OF SEED PLANTS.- Regulating Growth and Development: The Plant Hormones.- External Factors and Plant Growth.- Plant Nutrition and Soils.- The Movement of Water and Solutes in Plants.- PART VII: ECOLOGY (AVAILABLE ON THE COMPANION WEBSITE).- The Dynamics of Communities and Ecosystems.- Global Ecology .- Appendix: Classification of Organisms .- Suggestions for Further Reading .- Glossary.
Peter H Raven Director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA, and one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation. In December 2001, the President of the USA awarded him the National Medal of Science, the highest award for scientific accomplishment in the country.
Susan E Eichhorn Resident Programme Manager at the University of Wisconsin, USA.
Ray F. Evert is the Katherine Esau Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin, USA. His research interests include studies on the development and structure of the leaves of maize and barley.