Plant growth and development [electronic resource] / B.P. Nautiyal.
By: B.P. Nautiyal.Call number: QK731 2018eb Material type: TextPublisher: San Diego : MedTech, 2018Edition: 1st ed.Description: 454 p.ISBN: 9789386479365 ; 9789387210684Subject(s): Agricultural ScienceDDC classification: 571.82 Online resources: Click here to access online
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Plant growth and development -- About the Author -- Preface -- Contents -- Chapter 1. An Introduction to the Cell and its Habitat -- Part I. Assimilation -- Chapter 2. Photosynthesis -- Chapter 3. Organic Translocation -- Chapter 4. Inorganic Translocation -- Chapter 5. Mobilization -- Part II. Growth -- Chapter 6. Auxins -- Chapter 7. Gibberellins -- Chapter 8. Kinins -- Chapter 9. Inhibitors -- Chapter 10. Differential Growth -- Part III. Development -- Chapter 11. Juvenility -- Chapter 12. Senescence -- Chapter 13. Flowering -- Chapter 14. Growth Physiology -- Chapter 15. Fruit Set -- Chapter 16. Fruit Growth -- Chapter 17. Fruit Ripening -- Chapter 18. Tuber and Bulb Formation -- Chapter 19. Dormancy -- Part IV. Environmental Physiology -- Chapter 20. Light -- Chapter 21. Water -- Chapter 22. Temperature -- Chapter 23. Radiation -- Part V. Chemical Modifications of Plants -- Index.
This book has three directions of special emphasis: first, to develop the student's reliance on experiments in forming generalizations about his science second, to depict science as a complex of imperfect approximations derived by the scientific method and third, to reorganize the subject to make it more nearly representative of modern plant physiology in the laboratory and in the field. This book I have drawn on experimental evidence insofar as possible to illustrate the concepts being discussed. The book is centered about the workings of the growing plant, without organized coverage of biochemistry and nutrition. This assumes a logical pedagogical division of the subject of plant physiology into a section on growth and development and another section on nutrition and metabolism. This is also done with the hope of maintaining an appropriate level of interest in the functions of the living plant, in the face of a current tendency toward preoccupation with grindates, supernates, and simulated life activities in test tubes without sufficiently clear relationship to the growth of the whole plant. It is hoped that the presentation here will paint an approximate picture of the status of this science today and at the same time will make the student think in terms of experimental units of information. The best experimental units incorporate the weaknesses of the human minds that conceived them and carried them out, and no generalization from these units is more dependable than the underlying experiments. In using a case-history approach, the student will recognize the inconsistencies among the "facts" accumulated so far, and that this will make him a little more sanguine about the sharp disagreements between equally dependable scientists and will teach him to relish the exchange of criticism that sharpens good science and shrinks poor science.