Plant & Soil Science: Fundamentals and Applications leads the learner through four major sections, Introduction to Plants, Fundamentals of Soil Science, Fundamentals of Plant Growth and Propagation, and Crops ' Applied Plant and Soil Science. Organized into twenty-eight chapters, each chapter features learning objectives, key terms (defined in the glossary), tables, charts, illustrations and color photographs to aid the learning and teaching process. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter indicate to the student and the teacher the important concepts. The review questions at the end of each chapter are tied to the learning objectives to help assess the students grasp of key concepts contained within each chapter. Similarly, additional resources are listed at the end of each chapter, and a 'Knowledge Applied' section contains student activities designed to get the students 'doing' so that they begin 'understanding' plant and soil science. In the final chapter, students who enjoy learning about and working with plants and soils can learn more about employing the necessary skills and education for a career paths in plant and soil science.

PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO PLANTS. 1: The Plant Kingdom. Objectives. Key Terms. Introduction. Evolution of Plants. Geographical Distribution. Roles of Plants. Taxonomy. Research. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 2: Origins of Cultivated Plants. Objectives. Key Terms. Origin and Development of Cultivated Plants. New Crops and New Uses. Protection of Germplasm. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 3: Structure of Cultivated Plants. Objectives. Key Terms. Plan of the Entire Plant. Seeds. Using Plant Structure. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 4: Anatomy of Plants. Objectives. Key Terms. The Cell and Its Structure. Tissues. Anatomy of Primary Organs. Primary and Secondary Growth. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. PART 2: FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE. 5: Soil Materials and Formation. Objectives. Key Terms. Introduction to Soils. Rocks and Minerals. Five Factors. Soil Profile. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 6: Soil Characteristics, Classifications and Use. Objectives. Key Terms. Soil Definitions. Physical Properties. Chemical Properties. Organic Matter. Soil Classification. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 7: Soil Fertility and Management. Objectives. Key Terms. Essential Nutrients and their Roles in Plants. Fertilizers. Secondary and Micronutrients. Nutrient Availability and Plant Uptake. Nutrient Interactions. Soil pH. Soil Testing. Foliar Symptoms. Choosing the Fertilizer Source. Fertilizer Placement. Other Fertilizer Sources. Animal Manures. Compost. Soil Management. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 8: Soil-less Plant Production. Objectives. Key Terms. Container Growing. Hydroponics. Aquaponics. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 9: Irrigation. Objectives. Key Terms. Characteristics of Water. Role of Water In Plants. Precipitation. Water Loss in Plants. Water for Plants. Movement of Water. Water in the Soil. Irrigation. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 10: Soil and Organic Farming. Objectives. Key Terms. Organic Farming. Crop Nutrition. Choice of Crops. Crop Rotations. Weed Control. Pest and Disease Control. Genetic Diversity. Use of Water. Animals and Organic Growing. Sustainable Agriculture. Summary. PART 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF PLANT GROWTH AND PROPAGATION. 11: Temperature. Objectives. Key Terms. Biological Temperature Range. Climatic Classification. Growing Degree Days. Vernalization. Temperature Stress. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 12: Light. Objectives. Key Terms. Nature of Light. Sunlight. Photoperiodism. Artificial Illumination. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 13: Photosynthesis. Objectives. Key Terms. Nature of Light. Structure of the Plant Photosystem. Changing Light Energy into Chemical Energy. Factors Affecting Photosynthesis. The Carbon Cycle. Storage of the Products of Photosynthesis. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 14: Respiration. Objectives. Key Terms. Sugar into Energy. Necessity of Respiration. How Plant Respiration Affects Agriculture. Fermentation. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 15: Basics of Plant Growth. Objectives. Key Terms. Regions of Growth. Concepts and Components of Growth. Cells. Basic Genetics. Measuring and Modeling Plant Growth. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 16: Vegetative Growth. Objectives. Key Terms. Growth. Seed Germination. Roots. Shoot Growth. Factors Affecting Plant Growth and Development. Phase Changes. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 17: Plant Propagation. Objectives. Key Terms. Sexual Reproduction. Asexual Reproduction. Micropropagation. Plant Improvement. Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 18: Plant Pests. Objectives. Key Terms. Weeds. Plant Growth Regulators. Diseases. Disease Development. Other Pests. Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Summary. Review. Knowledge Applied. Resources. 19: Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Objectives. Key Terms.Biotechnology Defined. Genetic Engineering. Targeting Agriculture. Transgenetic Plants. The Future.

(9781428334809)

SKU 9781428334809
Author Name Rick Parker
Publisher Cengage Learning
Imprint Cengage Learning

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