Simpson, Michael G. Plant Systematics

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Plant Systematics

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Plant Systematics is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated text, covering the most up-to-date and essential paradigms, concepts, and terms required for a basic understanding of plant systematics.

This book contains numerous cladograms that illustrate the evolutionary relationships of major plant groups, with an emphasis on the adaptive significance of major evolutionary novelties. It provides descriptions and classifications of major groups of angiosperms, including over 90 flowering plant families; a comprehensive glossary of plant morphological terms, as well as appendices on botanical illustration and plant descriptions. Pedagogy includes review questions, exercises, and references that complement each chapter.

This text is ideal for graduate and undergraduate students in botany, plant taxonomy, plant systematics, plant pathology, ecology as well as faculty and researchers in any of the plant sciences.



* The Henry Allan Gleason Award of The New York Botanical Garden, awarded for "Outstanding recent publication in the field of plant taxonomy, plant ecology, or plant geography" (2006)
* Contains numerous cladograms that illustrate the evolutionary relationships of major plant groups, with an emphasis on the adaptive significance of major evolutionary novelties
*Provides descriptions and classifications of major groups of angiosperms, including over 90 flowering plant families
* Includes a comprehensive glossary of plant morphological terms as well as appendices on botanical illustration and plant description

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"Michael Simpson has achieved the Herculean task of bringing together within a single book the many subdisciplines of Botany that are embraced by the ever-broadening field of Plant Systematics. Within these pages are detailed chapters focusing on plant structure and the terminology used to describe plants, the evolution and classification of plants based on the most up-to-date information, and an introduction to the plant systematist’s toolbox including chapters on herbarium management, specimen collection, molecular techniques, and fundamentals of nomenclature. As if this were not enough, the book is generously illustrated with full color plates that bring each topic to life. The botanical community has been waiting for a textbook like this for a long time – the wait is finally over!" - Kenneth M. Cameron, The New York Botanical Garden, U.S.A.

"This is an "enabling" book on many levels. The labeled photographs of dissections and other structural details will speed mastery of plant diversity by students, as will the eclectic assortment of exemplar species pictured. The presentations of phylogenetic and molecular systematics give an accessible introduction to these complex and rapidly changing methodologies which pervade the modern systematic literature. Unit IV and the Appendices provide students with an instruction manual to guide them in systematic research of their own.

Simpson also places plant systematics within the larger context of plant biology by relating taxonomic characters to, for example, molecular models of floral development, assessment of plant breeding system ecology, and the physiology of alternative photosynthetic pathways. This allows students and non-systematists to see that these aspects of plant biology have evolutionary dimensions as well." - David M. Johnson, Ohio Wesleyan University, U.S.A.

"I am impressed and excited about this book. I am impressed, because Mike Simpson has authored a comprehensive, up to date, user friendly, and profusely illustrated textbook that will facilitate the teaching of plant systematics. The organization, breadth of topics, and illustrations are truly exceptional; Dr. Simpson has "raised the bar" in terms of textbook quality and scope. I am excited, because this book undoubtedly will serve as a valuable teaching and learning resource for the college classroom. Instructors and students will love this book, especially with its wealth of images, clarity of presentation, and review questions and exercises after each chapter." - Wayne J. Elisens, University of Oklahoma, Norman, U.S.A.

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Plant Systematics contains the essential paradigms, concepts, and terms required for a basic understanding of plant systematics. The text introduces readers to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants by presenting basic information in understandable terminology. Chapters cover systematic methodology, evolution and classification of plants, evidence and descriptive terminology, and resources in plant systematics. They contain numerous color photos of features and specific groups of plants, many of which are of dissected material carefully labelled to show salient features of the plant. Review questions and exercises complement each chapter.

This book is appropriate for researchers, students, and professionals in plant systematics, plant taxonomy/floristics, plant diversity, plant morphology, botany, and related disciplines.|Plant Systematics contains the essential paradigms, concepts, and terms required for a basic understanding of plant systematics. The text introduces readers to the morphology, evolution, and classification of land plants by presenting basic information in understandable terminology. Chapters cover systematic methodology, evolution and classification of plants, evidence and descriptive terminology, and resources in plant systematics. They contain numerous color photos of features and specific groups of plants, many of which are of dissected material carefully labelled to show salient features of the plant. Review questions and exercises complement each chapter.

This book is appropriate for researchers, students, and professionals in plant systematics, plant taxonomy/floristics, plant diversity, plant morphology, botany, and related disciplines.

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