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Title:
The Facts On File dictionary of botany
Author:
Bailey, Jill.
Publication Information:
New York : Checkmark Books, 2003.
Physical Description:
250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816049110
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Book

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Central Library QK9 .F33 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

This dictionary covers all aspects of pure and applied plant science, including the taxonomy and classification of plants, with entries for the higher-ranking taxa. Techniques of nucleic acid technology are included, with references made to applications in horticulture and agriculture. The dictionary covers aspects of the AP Biology course, notably the sections on Organisms and Populations as well as Molecules and Cells.


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Booklist Review

Another in the publisher's 15-volume set of science dictionaries providing concise definitions. The dictionaries are intended as resources for high-school students taking advanced placement science but would also be useful for introductory college courses.


Library Journal Review

Aimed at advanced high school students and undergraduates, this dictionary is a complete overhaul of a much earlier edition published under the same name in 1984. It attempts to fill in the gap left by technical dictionaries like D.J. Maberley's The Plant Book: A Portable Dictionary of the Vascular Plants, purely illustrative works like DK's The Visual Dictionary of Plants, and Macmillan's four-volume Plant Sciences for Students. Overall, editor Bailey, a science writer and editor of the Penguin Dictionary of Plant Sciences, tries to have a little of everything biological in this botanical dictionary, mixing definitions of terms-from "abaxial" to "zygote"-with short biographies, brief descriptions of organizations (e.g., the World Conservation Union), and simple figures and illustrations. There are some notable omissions: the volume goes on at length about DNA yet fails to mention Francis Crick or James Watson, and Coccoliths and coccolithophorids-all Prymnesiophyceae-are not to be found at all. Michael Allaby's one-volume Dictionary of Plant Sciences, 2d ed., is more comprehensive, focused, and portable. Although it provides concise biographies of Watson and Crick, along with an appropriately brief description of DNA, this reference is truly dedicated to botany. With its 5500 entries, handy format, and affordable price, it is a much better option than The Facts On File Dictionary of Botany.-Edward J. Valauskas, Chicago Botanic Garden Lib. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

This dictionary covers all aspects of pure and applied plant science, including the taxonomy and classification of plants, with entries for the higher-ranking taxa. Techniques of nucleic acid technology are included, with references made to applications in horticulture and agriculture. The Facts On File Dictionary of Botany covers aspects of the AP Biology course, notably the sections on Organisms and Populations as well as Molecules and Cells. Entries include: Asexual reproduction Binomial nomenclature Blue-green algae Chloroplast Contractile roots DDT Flowering plants Gemma Kranz structure Living fossil Neo-Darwinism Night-break effect Paleoecology Photosynthesis Raunkiaer's plant Shikimic acid Short-day plant Vegetative nucleus Xanthopyll. Excerpted from The Facts on File Dictionary of Botany by Jill Bailey All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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