An Introduction to Plant Structure and Development - 2nd Edition

Charles B. Beck 
CUP  April 2010  

Hardback  450 pp, 116 line diagrams 198 half-tones  ISBN 9780521518055      £45.00
A plant anatomy textbook unlike any other on the market today. The first edition of the book has been described as "the best book on the subject of plant anatomy since the texts of Esau". Traditional plant anatomy texts include primarily descriptive aspects of structure, this book not only provides a comprehensive coverage of plant structure, but also introduces aspects of the mechanisms of development, especially the genetic and hormonal controls, and the roles of plasmodesmata and the cytoskeleton. The evolution of plant structure and the relationship between structure and function are also discussed throughout. Includes extensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter. It provides students with an introduction to many of the exciting, contemporary areas at the forefront of research in the development of plant structure and prepares them for future roles in teaching and research in plant anatomy.

  • Updated sections include root geotropism, pollen tube growth, differentiation of tracheary elements and the genetic, hormonal and cytoskeletal control of development
  • New sections including the evolution of tracheary elements and a list of general references
  • Extensive bibliographies at end of each chapter to aid students to carry out more in-depth research


  • Problems of adaptation to a terrestrial environment;
  • An overview of plant structure and development;
  • The protoplast of the eukaryotic cell;
  • Structure and development of the cell wall;
  • Meristems of the shoot and their roles in plant structure and development;
  • Morphology and development of the primary vascular system of the stem;
  • Sympodial systems and patterns of nodal anatomy;
  • The epidermis;
  • The origin of secondary tissue systems and the effect of their formation on the primary body of seed plants;
  • The vascular cambium: structure and function;
  • Secondary xylem;
  • The phloem;
  • Periderm, rhytidome, and the nature of bark;
  • Unusual features of structure and development in stems and roots;
  • Secretion in plants;
  • The root;
  • The leaf;
  • Reproduction and the origin of the sporophyte.
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