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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW Plant Biology A.M. Smith, G. Coupland, L. Dolan, N. Harberd, J. Jones, C. Martin, R. Sablowski and A. Amey (New York: Garland Science, 2009; 664 pp; £40 paperback) ISBN 978-0-8153-4025-6 Plant Biology is an immediately attractive book. Flick the pages and you find a wealth of illustration and colour. Here is a book from Garland Science in the same style as their highly successful Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts et al. 2002). Also, most of the distinguished authors of Plant Biology are drawn from the same stable as one of the Cell authors, Keith Roberts: the John Innes Institute, which is the UK’s centre of excellence for plant science research. While the authors do not specify a target audience, it seems to be aimed at an introductory and intermediate undergraduate level with more advanced treatments of some topics. What the authors do declare is that they have attempted to give a “‘where we are now’ account of plant science”. So, at the outset, they have cast aside ‘the distinguished history’ of classical botany in favour of ‘the radically new outlook that has emerged in the last twenty years’. Chapter 1 uses a chronological approach, starting with the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy Royal Irish Academy

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Publisher
Royal Irish Academy
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 RIA
ISSN
0791-7945
eISSN
2009-003X
DOI
10.3318/BIOE.2010.110.1.77
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Abstract

Plant Biology A.M. Smith, G. Coupland, L. Dolan, N. Harberd, J. Jones, C. Martin, R. Sablowski and A. Amey (New York: Garland Science, 2009; 664 pp; £40 paperback) ISBN 978-0-8153-4025-6 Plant Biology is an immediately attractive book. Flick the pages and you find a wealth of illustration and colour. Here is a book from Garland Science in the same style as their highly successful Molecular Biology of the Cell (Alberts et al. 2002). Also, most of the distinguished authors of Plant Biology are drawn from the same stable as one of the Cell authors, Keith Roberts: the John Innes Institute, which is the UK’s centre of excellence for plant science research. While the authors do not specify a target audience, it seems to be aimed at an introductory and intermediate undergraduate level with more advanced treatments of some topics. What the authors do declare is that they have attempted to give a “‘where we are now’ account of plant science”. So, at the outset, they have cast aside ‘the distinguished history’ of classical botany in favour of ‘the radically new outlook that has emerged in the last twenty years’. Chapter 1 uses a chronological approach, starting with the

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Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish AcademyRoyal Irish Academy

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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