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How Plants Work

Author : Linda Chalker-Scott
ISBN : 9781604696905
Genre : Science
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“Makes the science of plant processes accessible to home gardeners.” —The American Gardener Why do container plants wilt even when they’ve been regularly watered? Why did the hydrangea that thrived last year never bloom this year? Plant physiology—the study of how living things function—can solve these and most other problems gardeners regularly encounter. In How Plants Work, horticulture expert Linda Chalker-Scott brings the stranger-than-fiction science of the plant world to vivid life. She uncovers the mysteries of how and why plants do the things they do, and arms you with fascinating knowledge that will change the way you garden.
Category: Science

How Plants Work

Author : Stephen Blackmore
ISBN : 9781782406976
Genre : Plant anatomy
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Today's plants are descended from simple algaes that first emerged more than 500 million years ago, and now there are around 400,000 species. The huge diversity of forms that that these plants take is staggering. From towering redwoods, to diminutive mosses; from plants that developed stinging hairs and poisons, to those that require fire to germinate tor ocean currents to dsitribute their seeds. But how have we arrived at this mind-blowing variety in the plant kingdom? How Plants Work seeks to answer this intriguing question, drawing from a wide range of examples--from the everyday leaf to the most bizarre flowers--this book is a fascinating enquiry into, and celebration of, the rich complexity of plant life.
Category: Plant anatomy

Kids In The Garden

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ISBN : 1615740228
Genre : Gardening
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How Plants Work Soil Seeds Leaves Useful Plants Plant Survivors Indoor Gardens Running Time: 00:34:56 SKU PV000321.
Category: Gardening

Reaching For The Sun

Author : John King
ISBN : 9781139494397
Genre : Science
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From their ability to use energy from sunlight to make their own food, to combating attacks from diseases and predators, plants have evolved an amazing range of life-sustaining strategies. Written with the non-specialist in mind, John King's lively natural history explains how plants function, from how they gain energy and nutrition to how they grow, develop and ultimately die. New to this edition is a section devoted to plants and the environment, exploring how problems created by human activities, such as global warming, pollution of land, water and air, and increasing ocean acidity, are impacting on the lives of plants. King's narrative provides a simple, highly readable introduction, with boxes in each chapter offering additional or more advanced material for readers seeking more detail. He concludes that despite the challenges posed by growing environmental perils, plants will continue to dominate our planet.
Category: Science

The Nature Of Plants

Author : Craig N. Huegel
ISBN : 0813064082
Genre : Gardening
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Plants play a critical role in how we experience our environment. They create calming green spaces, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and nourish our senses. In The Nature of Plants, ecologist and nursery owner Craig Huegel demystifies the complex lives of plants and provides readers with an elucidating journey into their inner and outer workings. Beginning with the importance of light, water, and soil, Huegel describes photosynthesis, plant circadian rhythms, and how best to position plants to receive optimal sunlight. He explains choosing artificial lights for landscaping, giving lucky bamboo its twisted shape, and tricking flowers like poinsettias to bloom at a specific time of year. He reveals how plants use water, what paths it takes to move nutrients and fuel growth, and why too much--or too little--can hurt. He also explains what essential elements plants need to flourish and what friendly bacteria, fungi, and insects help make a healthy soil. Sections on plant structure and reproduction focus in detail on major plant organs--roots, stems, and leaves--and cover flowering, pollination, fruit development, and seed germination. The intricacies behind how plants reproduce are unraveled, including why not all flowering plants need pollinators, how it can take decades for some plants to produce offspring, and whether parents recognize their kin. Huegel even delves into the mysterious world of plant communication, exploring the messages and warnings conveyed to animals or other plants through chemical scents and hormones. With color illustrations, photographs, and real-life examples from his own gardening experiences, Huegel equips budding botanists, ecologists, and even the most novice gardeners with knowledge that will help them understand and foster plants of all types.
Category: Gardening

How Plants Are Trained To Work For Man

Author : Luther Burbank
ISBN : 0898752914
Genre : Nature
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This is volume IIof an eight-volume set.Table of ContentsThe Fragrant CallaThe Stoneless PlumThe Royal WalnutThe Winter RhubarbThe Burbank CherryThe Sugar PruneSome Interesting FailuresPlanning a New PlantPlant AffinitiesPractical PollinationQuantity ProductionGrafting and BuddingLetting the Bees Do Their Work"These eight volumes are not a compilation from the works or words of others, but a description of some of the results of actual work for the past fifty years among millions of living plants, including almost everyone known to growers and many thousand species never seen in cultivation, which have been discovered by hundreds of my collectors of seeds of wild plants from every part of the earth, most of whom (strangers to me) have sent these seeds in gratitude for the work accomplished here, or in exchange for seeds of my improved plants for the various climates from which the wild seeds came.""This work, if carried on extensively, requires constant daily and hourly attention, and these volumes have been mostly written on paper pads during the occasional wakeful hours of night, without light, and of course use of my eyes, which have always been too much occupied with experiments while daylight lasted."Luther BurbankSanta Rosa, CaliforniaJuly 1, 1920Luther Burbank, botanist, naturalist, and plant breeder, was born in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on March 7, 1849. He was educated in the common schools and in a local academy. After a short experience in the agricultural implement manufactory he began market gardening and seed growing in a small way, one of his firsts and therefore now best known achievements being the development of the Burbank Potato from a selected seedling of the Early Rose. On October 1, 1875, he removed from Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, California, where he had lived ever since, devoting himself to the production of new forms of plants by crossing and selection. He was a member of various learned societies and for some years was lecturer on Plant Evolution at Stanford University.At the time of his death he had more than 3000 experiments under way and was growing more than 5000 distinct botanical species native to many parts of the world. His work stimulated worldwide interest in plant breeding. Burbank's primary concern was the development of new varieties of plants. His ability to perform experiments that produced plants with favorable characteristics depended more on his sense of intuition than on strict scientific methodology.However, Burbank was influenced by certain scientific theories, such as the formerly accepted theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics affirmed by Jean de Lamarck and others. Burbank's writings include Luther Burbank: His Methods and Discoveries (12 vol., 1914-15) and How Plants Are Trained to Work for Man (8 vol., 1921).
Category: Nature

Safe Work Practices For Wastewater Treatment Plants Second Edition

Author : Frank R. Spellman
ISBN : 1420032011
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This book provides information on the U. S. government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's safety programs. It details how to start and maintain a safety program in a municipal or industry-based water or wastewater plant with special emphasis on the practical elements of implementation. Revisions include the changing OSHA regulations and recommendations, and new sections on ergonomics, hypochlorites and bisulfites, and confined space entry techniques, and new information on health hazards. Highlights include: safety programs, recordkeeping, safety training, safety equipment, and safe work practices for wastewater treatment facilities.
Category: Technology & Engineering