Author(s): KING JOHN
Green plants are all around us. We are totally dependent on them for food; we cultivate them for our pleasure; and we use them to our advantage in a vast number of ways. This is a lively, nontechnical account of how green plants live, grow and...reach for the sun. It covers everything you need or want to know about plants, including how plants satisfy their nutritional and energy needs, how they direct and promote their growth, development and death, and how they react to the daily and seasonal variations and stresses in their environments. Finally, the author describes how they attract and repel other living organisms and how we exploit them for our own use in food and medicine. From their ability to take energy from sunlight to make their own food to their amazing range of life-sustaining, death-defying strategies, John King explains why plants dominate our planet. This is not just a book for avid gardeners and naturalists. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand why the earth is green.
'This is a book to be heaped with laurels, to be awarded the palm. This is a book to go bananas about.' Tim Radford, The Guardian 'Reaching for the Sun will answer all sorts of pressing questions ... is fun as well as informative. It is ideal for the general reader and for A-level students.' Barrie Goldsmith, New Scientist 'John King is an enthusiast and his breathless enthusiasm is liberally scattered throughout this book, which covers a very wide spectrum of plant physiology ... an excellent text for a general reading list for those about to start university courses in biology.' Deri Tomos, Trends in Plant Science 'An accessible account for lay people.' Nature 'Dr King brings excitement and wonder to what is arguably the most active area in botany today.' The American Society of Plant Physiologists '... a very readable slim book about plant physiology. It exemplifies the ideas that the popular can also be educational ...'. Times Higher Education Supplement
Preface; 1. Plants are cool, but why?; 2. Photosynthesis: the leitmotiv of life; 3. Respiration: breathing without lungs; 4. Nitrogen, nitrogen, everywhere ...; 5. Nutrition for the healthy lifestyle; 6. Transport of delights; 7. Growth: the long and short of it; 8. The time of their lives; 9. A dash of seasoning; 10. Dormancy: a matter of survival; 11. Stressful tranquility; 12. The colourful world of plants; 13. Fragrance and flavour; 14. Chemical warfare; 15. Not in my back yard!; 16. Cornu copiae: the horn of plenty; 17. Getting dead; Epilogue; Bibliography.