Plant Systematics

Plant Systematics

2nd Edition - July 19, 2010

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  • Author: Michael Simpson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080922089

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Plant Systematics, Second Edition, provides the basis for teaching an introduction to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants.It presents a foundation of the approach, methods, research goals, evidence, and terminology of plant systematics, along with the most recent knowledge of evolutionary relationships of plants and practical information vital to the field. This updated edition has been expanded to include 15 fern families, 9 gymnosperm families, and increased angiosperm family treatments from 100 to 129. Each family description includes a plate of full color photographs, illustrating exemplars of the group along with dissected and labeled material to show diagnostic features.The book includes a new chapter on species concepts and the role and impact of plant systematics in conservation biology, and a new appendix on statistical and morphometric techniques in plant systematics. It also contains more detailed explanations of maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogeny inference methods, an expanded coverage and glossary of morphological terms, and an updated chapter on botanical nomenclature.This book is recommended for graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, plant anatomy, and ecology as well as scientists and researchers in any of the plant sciences.

Key Features

  • Fifteen fern families, 9 gymnosperm families, and an increase of angiosperm family treatments from 100 to 129. Each family description includes a plate of full color photographs, illustrating exemplars of the group along with dissected and labeled material to show diagnostic features
  • A new chapter on species concepts and the role and impact of plant systematics in conservation biology
  • A new appendix on statistical and morphometric techniques in plant systematics
  • In addition, the second edition contains more detailed explanations of maximum likelihood and Bayesian phylogeny inference methods, an expanded coverage and glossary of morphological terms, and an updated chapter on botanical nomenclature

Readership

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

Table of Contents

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 752
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2010
  • Published: July 19, 2010
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080922089

About the Author

Michael Simpson

Dr. Michael G. Simpson has been a professor of Biology at San Diego State University since 1986. His area of expertise is plant systematics, dealing with the description, identification, naming and classification of plants with the overriding goal of inferring the pattern of evolutionary history (phylogeny). Dr. Simpson has taught courses in Principles of Organismal Biology, Plant Systematics, Taxonomy of California Plants, Economic Botany, Genetics and Evolution, and Seminar in Systematics and Evolution. Additionally, he serves as the Curator of the SDSU Herbarium where he oversees the maintenance, organization, and use of the collection and facilitates additions to the herbarium. Currently, his field work in Chile and Argentina is supported in part by the National Geographic Society.

In addition to publishing numerous articles in technical journals, Dr. Simpson has authored of the widely used textbook Plant Systematics (Elsevier-Academic Press, 2006; 2nd ed. 2010.)

Affiliations and Expertise

professor of Biology at San Diego State University, California, USA

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  • ChaunceyParker Thu Sep 13 2018

    Outstanding textbook.

    I got this to replace my 1976 Vascular Plant Systematics. This text is thorough, clear, (quite a bit of technical terminology), and has a logical progression. In-depth discussions on taxonomy, evolution of plants, genetics, plant morphology/terminology, and many descriptions of plant families and orders. I have read about a third of the book and look forward to spending more time with it.

  • miles s. Mon May 14 2018

    Great book but digital edition is lacking

    Great book with great content. The digital edition is difficult to navigate and as result makes it a poor resource. If were to buy it again I would find a used print copy.

  • miles s. Tue Jan 02 2018

    Digital Edition is terrible - Great Book

    The digital edition is terrible. The file is too large so it runs very slow when you scroll through pages. This makes it hard to read. Makes me wish I had just purchased the real thing instead The book itself is great! Covers all the material I expected and a staple for systematics classes