Principles of Plant Science

Principles of Plant Science : Environmental Factors and Technology in Growing Plants

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For introductory courses in Horticulture and Plant Science, and for courses in Horticultural Technology, and Environment and Plant Development. Promoting an understanding of the role of the environment in plant growth and development, this unique plant science text offers students much more than the traditional topics of analyzing the industries and surveying important crops. Its emphasis on environmental factors enables students to better understand current and emerging technologies that modify the environment to improve plant production.show more

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.7 x 20.3mm | 725.76g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130163015
  • 9780130163011

About Dennis R. Decoteau

Dr. Dennis R. Decoteau is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University. His previous academic appointments include serving as Professor and Chair of the Department of Horticulture at Clemson University. Dr. Decoteau received his B.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Maine at Fort Kent and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Plant Science with an emphasis in Environmental Plant Physiology from the University of Massachusetts. He has won numerous teaching and research awards, including the Outstanding Teacher Award in Horticulture from Clemson University, the Outstanding Research Paper on Teaching from the American Society for Horticultural Sciences, the L. M. Ware Distinguished Research Award from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Science, and the IV Congreso International De Neuvas Technologias Agricolas Award. Dr. Decoteau is the current Vice President, Education Division, and member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Horticultural Science and has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, including "Environmental Effects on Horticultural Crop Growth." He has written extensively in the scientific press and for the general public and is the author of Vegetable Crops, also published by Prentice Hall.show more

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"Principles of Plant Science: Environmental Factors and Technology in Growing Plants" is a unique text ideally suited for use in any introductory Plant Science or Horticulture course as well as courses in Plant Growth and Development or introductory Applied Plant Physiology. An overview of the plant sciences--including the role of plants in the development of societies, industries, and science--provides essential background information and an emphasis on non-forest agricultural crops in chapters 1 through 4. A primer on plant growth and development (chapters 5 through 8) follows, with coverage of photosynthesis and respiration, plant hormones, and ecology. The influence of the environment on agricultural plant production constitutes the remainder of the material (Chapters 9 through 20) and is the primary emphasis of the text. This emphasis on the scientific principles associated with effects of environmental factors on plant development is designed to also equip readers to better understand current and emerging technologies that modify the environment for improving plant production.show more

Table of contents

I. OVERVIEW OF THE PLANT SCIENCES. 1. Introduction to the Plant Sciences. 2. Plants and Society. 3. Plants as Industries. 4. The Sciences of Plants. II. BASICS OF PLANT GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. 5. Introduction to Plant Growth and Development. 6. An Overview of Photosynthesis and Respiration. 7. Plant Hormones. 8. Some Ecological Principles in Plant Growth and Production. III. ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE PLANT GROWTH AND CROP PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES. 9. Introduction to the Role of the Environment in Plant Growth and Development. IV. AERIAL FACTORS. 10. Overview of the Aerial Environment. 11. Irradiance. 12. Temperature. 13. Atmospheric Gases. 14. Air Pollutants. 15. Mechanical Disturbances. V. RHIZOPSHERE FACTORS. 16. Overview of the Rhizosphere. 17. Water. 18. Nutrients. 19. Soil Organisms. 20. Allelochemicals. Appendix A. Conversion Factors for International System of Units (SI Units) to and from Non-SI Units. Appendix B. Conversion Factors for Some Commonly Used Non-International System of Units (SI Units). Appendix C. Some Physical Constants or Values. Appendix D. Some Prefixes Used to Define Multiples of International System of Units (SI Units) Conversions. Appendix E. Compilation of Internet Resources. Glossary. Index.show more

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