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Plant Biology, Botany Books for College & University Students’ Textbook

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added a search box to an online US bookstore, if you need further information on these products. You can also copy/ paste the name of the author into the search box opposite.

Plant Biology, Botany Books for College1. Plant Biology (with InfoTrac) by Thomas L. Rost, Michael G. Barbour, C. Ralph Stocking, Terence M. Murphy, Paperback: 568 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
This complete introduction to the science of plant biology gives you and your students the best of both worlds: a text that thoroughly covers all the content of a typical first course in botany with just the right amount of detail to keep the text at a desirable and manageable length. The text focuses on clarity, efficiency of presentation, and pedagogy to facilitate student understanding.

2. Introductory Plant Biology by Kingsley R Stern, Jim Bidlack, Shelley Jansky, Hardcover: 640 pages, Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
This introductory text assumes little prior scientific knowledge on the part of the student. It includes sufficient information for some shorter introductory botany courses open to both majors and nonmajors, and is arranged so that certain sections can be omitted without disrupting the overall continuity of the course. Stern emphasizes current interests ethnobotanical while presenting basic botanical principles.

3. Biology of Plants by Peter H. Raven, Ray F. Evert, Susan E. Eichhorn, Hardcover: 875 pages, Publisher: W. H. Freeman
A text for undergraduates, this is an invaluable general botany reference. The text is very readable, yet covers the material in great depth, which is no small feat considering the scope of the book. The explanations are extremely lucid and the diagrams and photographs are excellently researched and displayed.

4. Introductory Botany: Plants, People, and the Environment by Linda R. Berg, Hardcover: 466 pages, Publisher: Brooks Cole
The goals of This textbook are to share with beginning botany students an appreciation of the diverse organisms we call plants and to help students understand how scientists think, how they approach and solve problems, and how they obtain scientific knowledge about our world. The overall theme of This textbook is the role of plants in the biosphere, and in keeping with that theme, related environmental issues are integrated into each chapter. The environmental emphasis, which is unique among introductory botany texts, provides students with relevancy and kindles their interest in plants. A second theme, botany as a scientific process, is also stressed throughout.

5. Photo Atlas for Botany by James W. Perry, David Morton, Paperback: 140 pages, Brooks Cole
This full-color atlas includes photos of botanical specimens, utilizing light, transmission, and electron microscopy. It also contains macro photography of whole specimens, microscope parts and techniques, and biological tests commonly used in the laboratory.

6. The Biology of Horticulture: An Introductory Textbook by John E. Preece, Paul E. Read, Hardcover: 496 pages, Publisher: Wiley
Stresses the scientific foundation concerned with the growth and care of plants common to all horticultural commodities. Incorporates the principles behind techniques described in other “how-to” horticulture texts. Will successfully prepare students for more specialized courses including nursery management, floriculture, landscaping, vegetable and fruit science.

7. Wetland Plants: Biology and Ecology by J. K. Cronk, M.S. Fennessy, Hardcover: 488 pages, Publisher: CRC Press
A detailed account of the biology and ecology of vascular wetland plants and their applications in wetland plant science, This textbook presents a synthesis of wetland plant studies and reviews from biology, physiology, evolution, genetics, community and population ecology, environmental science, and engineering. It provides a thorough discussion of the range of wetland plants adaptations to conditions such as life in water or saturated soils, high salt or high sulfur, as well as low light and low carbon dioxide levels. Over 140 figures, including over 70 original photographs, allow you to visualize the concepts, 40 tables give you easy access to definitions and data, and international examples provide you with a broad base of information.