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Nature heals! This compact field guide introduces readers to 26 common Canadian wild plants with extraordinary healing properties. Use arnica blossoms to heal muscle inflammation, improve digestion with chickweed and soothe a toothache with yarrow root--learning to identify and use wild medicinal plants is both fascinating and useful.
Successful reproduction is the basis not only for the stability of the species in their natural habitat but also for productivity of our crop plants. Therefore, knowledge on reproductive ecology of wild and cultivated plants is important for effective management of our dwindling biodiversity and for the sustainability and improvement of the yield in crop species. Conservation and management of our plant diversity is going to be a major challenge in the coming decades, particularly in the tropical countries which are rich in biodiversity. Reproductive failure is the main driver for pushing a large number of tropical species to vulnerable category. Available data on reproductive ecology on tropical species is very limited and there is an urgent need to initiate research on these lines. A major limitation for the beginners to take up research is the absence of simple concise work manuals that provide step-wise procedures to study all aspects of reproductive ecology.
The Manual fills this void. Over 60 protocols described in the manual cover the whole spectrum of reproductive ecology - study sites and species, phenology, floral morphology and sexuality, pollen and pistil biology, pollination ecology, breeding system, seed biology, seed dispersal and seedling recruitment. Each chapter gives a concise conceptual account of the topic before describing the protocols. The Manual caters to researchers, teachers and students who are interested in any aspect of reproductive ecology of flowering plants -- botanists, ecologists, agri-horticulturists, foresters, entomologists, plant breeders and conservation biologists.
Plants of the Virgin Mountains is a compact field guide to the common plants found in Arizona's northwest corner (and adjoining Nevada and southern Utah). The rugged Virgin Mountain range encompasses plants of the Mohave desert like Joshua tree, creosote bush, and various cacti, to high mountain forest with ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. This elevational gradient adds to the diversity of habitats and their associated plants, making the range of interest to botanists, naturalists, and explorers. Covered in the book are 28 trees and shrubs, 12 types of cactus and cactus-like plants, and 26 species of herbaceous plants ("wildflowers"). Each plant is illustrated with a line drawing and described in non-technical terms, with information added on any human or wildlife use of the plant. An illustrated glossary and a section describing the range's various ecosystems is included. Although not a complete flora of the Virgin Mountains, this book serves as a handy introduction to many of the common (and colorful) plants a visitor to the area is likely to see.
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Plant Cryopreservation: A Practical Guide is a unique resource for plant scientists in many fields. This compilation provides over 100 ready-to-use protocols for plant types from algae and bryophytes to a range of flowering plants. It includes techniques for diverse plant parts such as dormant buds, pollen, and apical meristems, and for cell types such as suspension and callus cultures. Five introductory chapters describe theoretical principles, practical aspects of long-term cryopreserved storage, and details of the main cryopreservation techniques. The remaining 14 chapters are separated by plant type. Each chapter briefly reviews the literature and includes ready-to-use protocols designed for easy transfer into the lab and adaptation to new species.