Timothy Walker

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199584062
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777837 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions


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Plants: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of the nature of plants, their variety, their evolution, and their importance and uses, stressing the need and efforts for their conservation for future generations. Plants form a fundamental element of the biosphere, and the evolution of plants has directly affected the evolution of animal life and the evolution of the Earth's climate. Plants have also become essential to humans not only in the form of cereal crops, fruit, and vegetables, but in their many other uses in wood and paper, and in providing medicines.

Keywords: Chlamydomonas; conservation; darwin; diversity; lignin; plant; pollen; pollination; seed plants; species

Book.  152 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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