Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences, Three-Volume Set

Edited by

  • Denis J Murphy, University of Glamorgan, UK
  • Brian G Murray, The University of Auckland, New Zealand


  • Brian Thomas, HRI Wellesbourne, UK

A multi-faceted reference work, the Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences addresses the core knowledge, theories, and techniques employed by plant scientists, while also concentrating on applications of these in research and in industry. Plants influence all our lives as sources of sustenance, fuel and building materials. The Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences is a comprehensive yet succinct publication that covers the application of current advances in the biological sciences, through which scientists can now better produce sustainable, safe food, feed and food ingredients, and renewable raw materials for industry and society. This three-volume set also covers the concerns over continuing advances in the application of knowledge in the areas of ecology and plant pathology, genetics, physiology, biochemistry and biotechnology, as well as the ethical issues involved in the use of the powerful techniques available to modern plant science.An invaluable reference, the Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences will be an indispensable addition to the library of anyone involved in the study of plant sciences.The Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences is available online on ScienceDirect. The print edition price for this reference work does not include online access. For more information on pricing for access to the online edition, please review our Licensing Options.

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Plant Scientists, Botanists, Horticulturalists, Research institutes, Academic and industrial libraries


Book information

  • Published: September 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-227050-5


"The editors have done a fine job of keeping the language scientific enough to make this valuable for working scientists, providing abundant data, digrams of genes important in applied plant biology, and technical measurements, while keeping the text clear and simple...This is a very valuable work and libraries, especially at universities, should strongly consider its purchase." -Douglas Darnowski for PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN, 2005 "This resource is timely as the interest and controversy heats up surrounding plant genetics by presenting research and information in the best scholarly tradition. The editors of this ambitious work have put together a well thought-out resource that will serve researches and students for a long time. This reference is suitable for academic collections supporting horticultural, agricultural and plant science programs." - E-STREAMS, June 2004 "The resource consists of extensive overview articles as well as shorter articles, more typical of standard encyclopaedic resources...a well thought-out resource that will serve researchers and students for long time." -Peggy Dominy, Information Services Librarian, Drexel University Hagerty Library "Very Specialized, this encyclopedia compiles information on ‘plants and how we make use of them’, and includes all aspects of plant growth and development as well as biotechnology, genetic engineering, ethics and related topics...Recommended." -M.S. Muskiewicz, University of Massachusetts at Lowell "...there is no doubt that this book is a very useful source of information for students and teachers alike. This is a well-edited multi-authored book and represents a valuable source of information on plant physiology and biotechnology at the beginning of the 21st century." -ACTA PHYSIOLOGIAE PLANTARUM, 2004 "Very specialized. Articles...provide extended detailed treatment...Recommended." -CHOICE (MAY 2004)

Table of Contents

Includes:Abiotic StressesBiology of Recalcitrant SeedsCrop Improvement and BiotechnologyEnvironmental Regulation of Growth and DevelopmentEthicsGenetics of Crop ImprovementMethods in Plant BreedingOrganic Farming; PhotosynthesisPhytoremediationPlant Diversity and UsagePlant Growth and DevelopmentPlant NutritionPlant Pests and DiseasesPlant Tissue CulturePlants and the EnvironmentPollination (including Insect and Wind PollinationPostharvest PhysiologyPrimary ProductsPrimary Products of PhotosynthesisProduction Systems/AgronomyRegulators of GrowthSecondary ProductsSeed DevelopmentWater Relations of PlantsWeeds