By Martin Ingrouille (auth.)

ISBN-10: 0412442302

ISBN-13: 9780412442308

ISBN-10: 9401123004

ISBN-13: 9789401123006

Diversity and Evolution of Land crops offers a clean and lengthy past due therapy of plant anatomy and morphology for the biology undergraduate of this day. atmosphere apart the conventional plod during the plant taxa, the writer adopts a problem-based useful procedure, exploring plant variety as a chain of alternative options to the layout difficulties dealing with flowers on land.

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In seed plants and some ferns the apical meristem cannot be traced back to a single cell but there is a dome of dividing cells. Different layers or regions of cells can be distinguished by the orientation of the cell divisions taking place and by the size, stainability and the internal architecture of the cells. In ferns the outer layer is very obvious because the cells are elongated anticlinally, perpendicular to the surface. g. Forsythia, Fig. 9), an outer layer or layers of cells of the apical meristem, called the tunica or mantle, and an inner mass of cells, called the corpus or core, are distinguished.

In the long run evolutionarily successful species are those which manage to preserve as many variations, potential adaptations, within the species as possible, whether they are presently adaptive or not. In many cases it seems that species which have been successful in a changing environment are those which in some way are pre-adapted to the new set of conditions. A good example is the moss flora of the polar regions. Many of the polar mosses are species also found in areas with less extreme environments (Longton, 1988).

In terrestrial plants this process, called guttation, may be observed as the appearance of small drops of pure water on the leaves of the plant. 3 PLANT GROWTH AND BEHAVIOUR Movement is a feature of animals but it is not quite true to say that only in science fiction do plants move. When touched a wave of movement passes over the sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica), as it closes its leaves (Fig. 5). This is very un-plant like. The bladderwort, Utricularia, responds very rapidly to the touch of its Daphnia prey.

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