Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 45, The Evolution of Plant Form


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Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 45, The Evolution of Plant Form Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Pages: 400 ISBN: 9781444330014 Categories: , ,

The Evolution of Plant Form is an exceptional new volume in the well established Annual Plant Reviews.

Written by recognised and respected researchers, this book delivers a comprehensive guide to the diverse range of scientific perspectives in land plant evolution, from morphological evolution to the studies of the mechanisms of evolutionary change and the tools with which they can be studied. This title distinguishes itself from others in plant evolution through its synthesis of these ideas, which then provides a framework for future studies and new developments in this field.

The first chapter explores the origins of the major morphological innovations in land plants and the following chapters provide an in depth analysis of the morphological evolution of land plant groups including bryophytes, lycophytes, ferns, gymnosperms and angiosperms. The second half of the book focuses on evolutionary studies in land plants including genomics, adaptation, development and phenotypic plasticity. The final chapter provides a summary and perspective for future studies in the evolution of plant form.

400 pages

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In summary, the very good introductory parts make the book more easily accessible for beginners, undergraduates, and teachers, while the up-to-date and in-depth discussions are highly useful for every scientist who is interested in the evolution of plant forms. Overall, I will finish with my congratulations to the authors for this extremely interesting, excellent, state-of-the-art, and well-prepared book. (Journal of Plant Physiology, 14 September 2013) Overall I felt that this book will be a great first port of call for those interested in morphological evolution and it will be useful at all levels from undergraduate onwards. It will be particularly useful for molecular and developmental biologists wishing to move into a comparative approach. (Annals of Botany, 1 July 2013)