Alice in the Land of Plants

Biology of Plants and Their Importance for Planet Earth

Authors: Manetas, Yiannis

  • The author invites the reader to explore the world of plants by raising interesting questions
  • The text is ideally suited for students, teachers, and the layperson who is a science fan
  • Marginalia such as short questions, comments, and conclusions help readers appreciate the book’s content and spirit
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About this book

Why is it that plants do not need to move? How does a nonmotile organism have sex or defend itself? Why are some plants virtually immortal? What is the mechanism that allows plants to exploit a practically inexhaustible extraterrestrial energy source? How do plants regulate the composition of our planet’s atmosphere? Why have there not been mass extinctions among plants as there have been among animals? How do plants communicate with one another? In the end, are plants intelligent organisms?

These are some of the questions the author discusses to demonstrate that plants are wrongly considered to be simple organisms lacking specific behaviour and intelligence. This book promises to be as pleasant a surprise as Alice’s experience in the white rabbit’s warren, in which she encountered a world very different from ours.

The author explains the biology of plants following Einstein's maxim that everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

About the authors

Yiannis Manetas was born in Athens, Greece (1947), studied natural sciences and geography at the University of Athens (1970), and received his doctorate in biological sciences from the University of Patras, Greece (1976). Since 1978, he has held several different research and teaching positions at the University of Patras, where he currently is Professor of Plant Physiology in the Department of Biology. He also has participated in research at the Universities of Goteborg (Sweden), Stirling (Scotland), and Essen and Karlsruhe (Germany), as well as at the Abisko Research Station (Swedish Lapland). His publication list includes more than 120 research papers and review articles in international journals. His current research interests concern the ecophysiology of Mediterranean plants, the role of foliar anthocyanins, and the function of nonfoliar chloroplasts.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“In this new book, experienced plant physiologist Manetas (Univ. of Patras, Greece) draws attention to the fascinating and complex world of plant biology. In an effort to reach a wide audience, the author writes in a more general style, with minimal specialized jargon. … Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers.” (R. B. Pratt, Choice, Vol. 50 (5), January, 2013)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Manetas, Yiannis

    Pages 1-16

  • Basic Plant Organisation: How it Differs from that of Animals

    Manetas, Yiannis

    Pages 17-44

  • Why Trees are Almost Immortal and Other Related Issues

    Manetas, Yiannis

    Pages 45-111

  • Short Evolutionary History of Plants

    Manetas, Yiannis

    Pages 113-160

  • Sex in Nonmotile Organisms

    Manetas, Yiannis

    Pages 161-207

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Alice in the Land of Plants
Book Subtitle
Biology of Plants and Their Importance for Planet Earth
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-28338-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-28338-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-28337-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43232-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 374
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