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Compared to the obvious complexity of animals, plants at a glance seem relatively simple in form. But that simplicity is deceptive: the plants around us are the result of millennia of incredible evolutionary adaptations that have allowed them to survive, and thrive, under wildly changing conditions and in remarkably specific ecological niches. Much of this innovation, however, is invisible to the naked eye.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; With Wonders of the Plant Kingdom, the naked eye gets an unforgettable boost. A stunning collaboration between science and art, this gorgeous book presents hundreds of images of plants taken with a scanning electron microscope and hand-colored by artist Rob Kesseler to reveal the awe-inspiring adaptations all around us. The surface of a peachand#151;with its hairs, or trichomes, and sunken stomata, or breathing poresand#151;emerges from these pages in microscopic detail. The dust-like seeds of the smallest cactus species in the world, the Blossfeldia liliputanaand#151;which measures just twelve millimeters fully grownand#151;explode here with form, color, and character, while the flower bud of a kaffir lime, cross-sectioned, reveals the complex of a flower bud with the all-important pistil in the center.

and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Accompanying these extraordinary images are up-to-date explanations of the myriad ways that these plants have ensured their own survivaland#151;and, by proxy, our own. Gardeners and science buffs alike will marvel at this wholly new perspective on the world of plant diversity.

Synopsis:

Many of the most remarkable features of plants cannot be seen by the human eye.and#160; The amazing geometric structures of pollen grains, or the dust-like seeds of orchids, to the layered innards ofand#160; a fruit ripe for pollination.and#160; Evolutionary adaptations over thousands of years have resulted in forms of exceptional function and beauty, which alight in the pages of this work.and#160; A wonderful marriage of art and science, the pages of this book dissect and reveal the stunning structures and forms of plants, taking readers on a journey through the unseen world of the plant kingdom.and#160; The unusual and extraordinary images, taken by scanning electron microscope, are accompanied by a text that illuminates for a wide readership the structure and form of pollen, seeds and fruit, their role in preserving the biodiversity of our planet, and the means, often devious, by which they ensure their survival, and ultimately, that of our natural world.

Synopsis:

This awe-inspiring voyage of discovery through the infinite world of science explores the complexity and beauty of nature in ascending order of size and distance.

Synopsis:

This mini version of the best-selling book is an awe-inspiring voyage of discovery through the world of science.

About the Author

WolfgangStuppy is a seed morphologist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Rob Kesseler is professor of ceramic art and design at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. Together, they are coauthors of Seeds: Time Capsules of Life and Fruit: Edible, Inedible, Incredible.
Madeline Harley was, until her retirement in 2005, head of the Pollen Research Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is coauthor, with Rob Kesseler, of Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Incredible Life of Plants

Precious dust

The difference between pollen, spores and seed

Those who copulate in secret and#8226; No match for a seed

An invisible microcosm and#8226; Apertures and#8226; Finding the other half

Pollination by wind and water and#8226; Pollination by animals

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and#8226; The insect

pollination syndrome and#8226; Bee flowers and#8226; Butterfly and moth flowers

Flies and beetles as pollinators and#8226; The bird pollination syndrome

The bat pollination syndrome and#8226; Typical bat flowers

Exotic pollinators and#8226; The advantages of animal pollination

Fruits and Seeds

What is a fruit and what is a vegetable? and#8226; The true nature of fruits

The various ways to get around and#8226; Wind dispersal and#8226; Seeds like dust

Masterpieces of Nature and#8226; Indirect wind dispersal

Water dispersal and#8226; Rafters and sailors and#8226; Sea beans

The biggest seed in the world and#8226; Explosive strategies

Animal couriers and#8226; Tenacious hitchhikers and#8226; Caltrops, deviland#8217;s claws

and other sadistic fruits and#8226; Reward rather than punishment

Small rewards for little helpers and#8226; Juicy temptations

Colourful appendages and#8226; Fraudsters of the plant kingdom

The everlasting beauty of plants

Phytopia

The and#8216;Making Of and#8217; Wonders of the Plant Kingdom:

How Science Becomes Art

The Millennium Seed Bank:

The Worldand#8217;s Largest Plant Conservation Initiative

Appendices

Glossary and#8226; Bibliography and#8226; Index

Acknowledgments and#8226; Picture Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780714844398
Author:
Roucoux, Katherine
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Author:
Kesseler, Rob
Author:
Harley, Madeline
Author:
Malin, David W.
Author:
Stuppy, Wolfgang
Author:
Malin, David
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Plants & Animals
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Photography-Nature and Landscape
Subject:
Nature & Wildlife
Subject:
General Gardening
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20041031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
250 color plates
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9.75 x 9.75 in
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Many of the most remarkable features of plants cannot be seen by the human eye.and#160; The amazing geometric structures of pollen grains, or the dust-like seeds of orchids, to the layered innards ofand#160; a fruit ripe for pollination.and#160; Evolutionary adaptations over thousands of years have resulted in forms of exceptional function and beauty, which alight in the pages of this work.and#160; A wonderful marriage of art and science, the pages of this book dissect and reveal the stunning structures and forms of plants, taking readers on a journey through the unseen world of the plant kingdom.and#160; The unusual and extraordinary images, taken by scanning electron microscope, are accompanied by a text that illuminates for a wide readership the structure and form of pollen, seeds and fruit, their role in preserving the biodiversity of our planet, and the means, often devious, by which they ensure their survival, and ultimately, that of our natural world.

"Synopsis" by , This awe-inspiring voyage of discovery through the infinite world of science explores the complexity and beauty of nature in ascending order of size and distance.

"Synopsis" by , This mini version of the best-selling book is an awe-inspiring voyage of discovery through the world of science.
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