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Plant Systematics

Plant Systematics has made a substantial contribution to plant systematics courses at the upper-undergraduate and first year graduate level. This second edition continues to provide the basis for teaching an introduction to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants. A foundation of the approach, methods, research goals, evidence, and terminology of plant systematics are presented along with the most recent knowledge of evolutionary relationships of plants and practical information vital to the field.

In this second edition, the author includes greatly expanded treatments of families of lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms, and flowering plants (all with full-color plates), a new chapter on species concepts and the role of systematics in conservation biology, and a new appendix summarizing basic statistical and morphometric techniques used in plant systematics studies.  An explanation of maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference algorithms is included in methods of phylogenetic inference, and chapters on morphology and plant nomenclature have been augmented with new material.   

Audience
Graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, plant anatomy, and ecology; scientists and researchers in any of the plant sciences

Hardbound, 752 Pages

Published: July 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-374380-0

Reviews

  • Praise for the first edition: "This publication, many years in the making, represents a masterly treatment of vascular plant groups and the principles of plant systematics as well as incorporating the latest concepts in phylogenetics and methodologies. It is erudite and most importantly - user friendly, especially students. This text will serve as the standard for many years to come." - Botanical Society of America


Contents

  • UNIT I SYSTEMATICS
    Chapter 1 Plant Systematics: an Overview
    Chapter 2 Phylogenetic Systematics

    UNIT II EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY OF PLANTS
    Chapter 3 Evolution and Diversity of Green and Land Plants
    Chapter 4 Evolution and Diversity of Vascular Plants
    Chapter 5 Evolution and Diversity of Woody and Seed Plants
    Chapter 6 Evolution of Flowering Plants
    Chapter 7 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Amborellales, Nymphaeales, Austrobaileyales, Magnoliids, Ceratophyllales, and Monocots
    Chapter 8 Diversity and Classification of Flowering Plants: Eudicots

    UNIT III SYSTEMATIC EVIDENCE AND DESCRIPTIVE TERMINOLOGY
    Chapter 9 Plant Morphology
    Chapter 10 Plant Anatomy and Physiology
    Chapter 11 Plant Embryology
    Chapter 12 Palynology
    Chapter 13 Plant Reproductive Biology
    Chapter 14 Plant Molecular Systematics

    UNIT IV RESOURCES IN PLANT SYSTEMATICS
    Chapter 15 Plant Identification
    Chapter 16 Plant Nomenclature
    Chapter 17 Plant Collecting and Documentation
    Chapter 18 Herbaria and Data Information Systems

    UNIT V SPECIES CONCEPTS AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
    Chapter 19 Species and Conservation in Systematics

    Appendix 1 Plant Description
    Appendix 2 Botanical Illustrations
    Appendix 3 Scientific Journals in Plant Systematics
    Appendix 4 Statistics and Morphometrics in Plant Systematics

    Glossary of terms
    Index

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