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Why People Need Plants

Why People Need Plants
Carlton Wood and Nicolette Habgood (editors)
Kew Publishing
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paper, 192 pp., $28.00

Experts in life and plant science, Carlton Wood and Nicolette Habgood present an introduction to the critical role that plants play in human life, beginning with a review of the parts of a plant and the chemical processes that make it invaluable to all animals on the planet. They probe the meaning of seeds; how selection of the most productive wild plants led to improvement of food crops; and discuss other uses of plants. Turning from the employment of seeds in matters of food and health, the text examines modern techniques in plant biology and finally, various aspects of plant conservation. A remarkably well-written, comprehensive publication from the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, and the Open University, this informative book is well-illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, and drawings. The book could be subtitled “all you ever want to know about plants.”

— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden