Higher Education

Introduction to Plant Science, 1st Edition

  • R.O. (Rick) Parker, Ph.D College of Southern Idaho (Retired)
  • ISBN-10: 1401841880  |  ISBN-13: 9781401841881
  • 736 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2000
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $189.75



This revised text provides a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating world of plant science. From the basic requirements for plant growth, to genetic engineering and biotechnology, this easy- to- understand book is ideal for the high school level agriscience curriculum or college freshman level plant science course. Students will learn about the origins of cultivated plants, structure and anatomy, photosynthesis, respiration, propagation, production of major agronomic crops, and more.

Features and Benefits

  • New Information on the hand tools, pruning tools, greenhouse management, and occupational safety
  • Additional end-of-chapter questions and exercises relating to supervised agricultural experiences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Plant Kingdom.
Chapter 2: Origins of Cultivated Plants.
Chapter 3: Anatomy of Plants, Soils, Water, Nutrients, Biological Interactions, Photosynthesis, Respiration.
Chapter 4: Basics of Plant Growth.
Chapter 5: Vegetative Growth.
Chapter 6: Plant Propagation.
Chapter 7: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Chapter 8: Major Agronomic Crops, Cereal Grains, Forage Grasses and Oil Seeds.
Chapter 9: Food Legumes and Forage Legumes, Vegetables, Small Fruits, Fruit and Nut Production.
Chapter 10: Sod Production.
Chapter 11: Careers in Plant Sciences and Horticulture.


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Author Bio

R.O. (Rick) Parker, Ph.D

Dr. Parker is the director for AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education, a project funded by the National Science Foundation. The former division director at the College of Southern Idaho, he worked in agriculture, information technology, drafting, and electronics, and taught computer, agriculture, and writing classes. He is the 2008 recipient of the N.A.C.T.A. (National American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Distinguished Educator Award, and the 2010 recipient of the N.A.C.T.A. Murray Brown Leadership Award. Dr. Parker has authored several Delmar,Cengage textbooks (Plant & Soil Science, Aquaculture Science, Introduction to Plant Science, and Introduction to Food Science, and others), and serves as Editor of the N.A.C.T.A. Journal. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, a Ph.D. in Reproductive Physiology from Iowa State University, and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and the University of Wyoming, Laramie.