Higher Education

Fundamentals of Plant Science, 1st Edition

  • Marihelen Glass
  • Rick Parker College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID
  • ISBN-10: 1418000817  |  ISBN-13: 9781418000813
  • 528 Pages
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $143.75



The organization of topics, the depth and breadth of coverage and the incorporation of applied material throughout the book are all aimed at helping students learn. This approach for both majors and non-majors is more successful than a hierarchical organization: molecules, cells, tissues, organisms and ecology. The number and titles of the chapters in the book reflect its depth and breadth. Fundamentals of Plant Science contains 22 chapters ranging from the importance of plants to plants and ecology, to biomes, to reproduction, to energy conversions, to plant, soil and water, to genetics and biotechnology, to traditional crops, to ornamentals, to wood, to fruits and nuts, to pastures and grasses. Fundamentals of Plant Science helps every student develop an understanding of how plants, impact, grow, reproduce, and function. This understanding promotes informed decision making concerning the role of plants in a functional world.

Features and Benefits

  • Presents basic plant science information in a depth appropriate for beginning majors, while providing enough applications to keep the non-major interested.
  • Full-color photographs and second color throughout add instructional value
  • Key terms are printed in boldface type the first time they occur in the text, and in some cases the first time they occur in any given chapter, and also in the glossary at the back of the book
  • Each chapter begins with learning objectives so the student/reader will know what essential knowledge should be gained from the chapter.
  • Chapter Summaries provide a quick review and study aid.
  • Additional resources materials, from books and journals to Internet sites, are provided at the end of each chapter.
  • Tables summarize information and provide quick access of information.
  • "Something to Think About" at the end of each chapter provides questions that allow the student to reflect on the learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter.
  • Sidebars provide short, interesting applications of plant science throughout the chapters to add interest for the reader.
  • The Instructor's Manual was prepared with the intent of making it the most complete and helpful resource available on the market.
  • Includes companion study guide DVD

Table of Contents

PART I Plants and Nature
Chapter 1: Why Plant Science?
Chapter 2: Plants and Ecology
Chapter 3: Biomes
PART II Form and Structure
Chapter 4: The Basic Design I: Vegetative Morphology and Adaptations
Chapter 5: The Basic Design II: Morphology and Adaptations of Reproductive Structures
Chapter 6: The Inside Story: Molecules to Cells
Chapter 7: Growth: Cells to Tissues
Chapter 8: Wood
PART III Function and Control
Chapter 9: Plant-Soil-Water Relationships
Chapter 10: Energy Conservation
Chapter 11: The Control of Growth and Development
PART IV Evolution and Diversity
Chapter 12: Sexual Reproduction and Inheritance
Chapter 13: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
Chapter 14: Diversity: Vascular Plants
PART V Plants and Society
Chapter 15: Putting Down our Roots
Chapter 16: Vegetables
Chapter 17: Small Fruits
Chapter 18: Fruit and Nut Production
Chapter 19: Flowers and Foliage
Chapter 20: Forage Grasses and Sod
Chapter 21: Plants of Medicine, Culture and Industry
Chapter 22: Modern Agriculture and World Food: Why Plant Science?


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Instructor Supplements

Electronic Classroom Manager  (ISBN-10: 1418000825 | ISBN-13: 9781418000820)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marihelen Glass

Dr. Marihelen Glass has been a Professor of Horticulture at North Carolina A&T University for the past 20 years. She teaches classes in Plant Materials, Greenhouse Management and Production, Plant Propagation, Turf Management, Nursery Production, and Floral Design. Dr. Glass teaches in the National Council of State Garden Clubs. Landscape Design Workshops, each year. She has taught courses in Plant Propagation and Native Plants for Advanced Master Gardeners. Marihelen has received 10 awards for Excellent Teaching.

Rick Parker

Animal Science & Zoology and Animal Physiology with statistics minor.brigham young university, provo utah(animal science and zoology, iowa state university, ames, iowa (animal physiology with statistics minor)