Plant Physiology, 5th Edition (2010) (PDF) Lincoln Taiz



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  • Year: 2010
  • Page Number: 782
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 16.93 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Lincoln Taiz


Plant Physiology, Fifth Edition continues to set the standard for textbooks in the field, making plant physiology accessible to virtually every student. Authors Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger have again collaborated with a stellar group of contributing plant biologists to produce a current and authoritative volume that incorporates all the latest findings. Changes for the new edition include: * A newly updated chapter (Chapter 1) on Plant Cells, including new information on the endomembrane system, the cytoskeleton, and the cell cycle * A new chapter (Chapter 2) on Genome Structure and Gene Expression * A new chapter (Chapter 14) on Signal Transduction * Updates on recent developments in the light reactions and the biochemistry of photosynthesis, respiration, ion transport, and water relations * In the phytochrome, blue-light, hormone and development chapters, new information about signaling pathways, regulatory mechanisms, and agricultural applications * Coverage of recent breakthroughs on the control of flowering * Three new Appendices on Concepts of Bioenergetics, Plant Kinematics, and Hormone Biosynthetic Pathways As with prior editions, the Fifth Edition is accompanied by a robust Companion Website. New material has been added here as well, including new Web Topics and Web Essays.

User’s Review:

Plant Physiology by Taiz and Zeiger is a classic book which presents the basics of the field in a splendid and comprehensive manner. The current edition is a continuation of the original text I had used in the early 1990s. The text is a wonderful blend of plant structure and function with the fundamentals of the physiological processes in plants. The level of detail is more than adequate for any advanced undergraduate course and the text also represents an excellent reference source for those throughout their careers.

The text is divided into three major sections:

Section 1 deals with transport and translocation. This is the physical basis for how plants manage to move nutrients from the soil to the growing cells of the plant.

Section 2 deals with the fundamental biochemistry of the plant. All the classic cycles are dealt with and there are excellent discussions of protein interactions and the key elements of plant biochemistry.

Section 3 deals with growth and development. I especially like Chapter 14 which introduces plant genetic pathways. This is an update of the 4th Edition and is superbly done. For those who are to work in botany in the coming generations this materials will become essential, and this chapter is well placed and can and should be expanded as editions progress and perhaps into a separate book. It would be a longed for stand-alone entity. I see dozens like this in human genomics but paucity in botanical areas.

The remainder of the section deals with many of the classic issues of auxins, gibberellins, cytokines, ethylene, abscisic acid and flowering.

This text is an excellent source for any solid course on plant physiology and it represents the benchmark for which many others may be judged.


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