Evolutionary biologists Tom de Jong and Peter Klinkhamer argue that unlike studies of animals that are fraught with problems, studies using plants are far less troublesome. Plants are superior subjects for experimentation for several reasons. Easily cloned and reproduced, plants are much easier to study and from which to gather data. Scientists have determined that over time, plants have developed various strategies for successful continuity. In this technical publication for the benefit of other scientists exploring the evolutionary process, the authors present a collection of data, including charts, tables, and equations. An extensive bibliographical reference section supports this scientific report.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden