Economic Botany: Principles and Practices

Gerald E. Wickens 
Springer  2004  

Softcover  556 pp  ISBN 9781402022289      £94.00

Hardcover  556 pp  ISBN 9780792367819      £205.00

Unlike most books on economic botany this is not an encyclopedic listing of plants and their uses. Instead it is an attempt at understanding why plants are used. Economic botany is a multidisciplinary study and the purpose of this book is to provide an introduction to some of the scientific principles, processes, and practices involved. The subjects discussed include the role of economic and ethnobotany, plant collecting, taxonomy and nomenclature, the environment and the physiological, morphological and anatomical adaptations of the plant thereto, plant conservation, plant breeding and propagation, the marketing of crops and crop products, basic human and animal nutrition, human and animal foods, desirable insect foods, timber and wood products, fuel, fibres, biochemicals, human and veterinary medicine, plant toxins, lower plants and their products, the role of plants in ameliorating the environment, and the social uses of plants. it is hoped that this book will appeal to both the student and practitioner, irrespective of their primary discipline.


  • Acknowledgements.
  • Preface.
  • 1. Economic Botany.
  • 2. Plant Collecting, Taxonomy and Nomenclature.
  • 3. Environmental Considerations.
  • 4. Plant Conservation.
  • 5. Ecophysiology and Allied Disciplines.
  • 6. Plant Breeding and Propagation.
  • 7. Marketing of Crops and Crop Products.
  • 8. Human and Animal Nutrition.
  • 9. Human Food and Food Additives.
  • 10. Feed for Livestock.
  • 11. Food for Bees and other Desirable Invertebrates.
  • 12. Timber and Wood Products.
  • 13. Fuel.
  • 14. Vegetable Fibres.
  • 15. Phytochemicals.
  • 16. Human and Veterinary Medicinal Plants.
  • 17. Plant Toxins and their Applications.
  • 18. Useful Ferns, Bryophytes, Fungi, Bacteria and Viruses.
  • 19. Useful Algae.
  • 20. Environmental Uses.
  • 21. Social Uses.
  • 22. At the Start of the 21st Century.
  • Bibliography.
  • Taxonomic Index.
  • Chemical index.
  • Subject Index.
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