Book review: Plant Physiology and Development

Plant Physiology and Development

Edited by Lincoln Taiz, Eduardo Zeiger, Ian Max Moller, and Angus Murphy

Sinauer Associates Inc., Sunderland, MA. 2015. 761 pp. ISBN: 978-1-60535-255-8 $140.21 (casebound); ISBN: 978-1-60535-353-1 $88.37 (looseleaf)

Reviewed by Ram Yadav

Plant Physiology and Development is very useful presentation of plant growth and development authored by renowned plant biologists. Lincoln Taiz is Professor Emeritus of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Eduardo Zeiger is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ian M. Møller is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Aarhus University, Denmark. Angus Murphy has been a Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland since 2012.

This is the sixth edition of Plant Physiology, now entitled Plant Physiology and Development has revised significantly over the past editions. The book contains 24 chapter that includes all aspects of plant life from germination to senescence. Before the first unit starts, there are two chapters have vast information about cell structure and gene expression which is good start to understand plants and their functions. First unit holds four chapters describing about water and solutes. Basic properties of water and its role in nutrients absorption and solute translocation within the plant is nicely illustrated. Unit second holds seven chapters that covers sun light absorption, and conversion through photosynthesis and energy use in respiration and metabolism. Mechanism of transpiration, nutrient assimilation, and their translocation in phloem is also described in second unit. Biology and ecology of plants is covered in third unit. The chapters on Cell wall structure, signal transduction, seed germination, flowering, seed set and plant’s interaction with biotic and abiotic stress are good enough to understand biology and ecology. At the end of the chapters, web topics are included that provides clear definitions of important terms. Appendix on bioenergetic, plant growth analysis, and hormones and glossary of most used terms defined very clearly.

Since I have taken four courses in plant physiology, I have been reading different books for plant physiology courses. This book contains what you need for most of the undergraduate or postgraduate plant physiology courses. I do believe understanding plants and their function by reading a book without figures and images would be incompetent, hence Plant Physiology and Development ameliorates this flaw by including those figures and images. The figures, illustrated in this book are self-sufficient to understand the complex mechanisms. One other thing that fascinates about this book is that plant functions and mechanisms are described by examples. The book is available in casebound, looseleaf, and eBook formats.

This book contains fundamental concepts for undergrads as well as deep insight for advanced graduate students. In addition, there is companion website for students that provides extra coverage on web topics, web essay, and study questions. For instructors, there is online ‘Instructor’s Resource Library’ that supplies all figure, photos, and tables in electronic format to use in power point presentations. By concluding, I highly recommend this book for undergrads, postgrads, plant physiologists and anyone who aspire to become master in plant biology. The authors put great effort in this book and we should take advantage of it.

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