Plant Biology Texts

Ross Koning Koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Mon Jun 10 09:56:16 EST 1996

At  6:44 AM 6/10/96 -0700, Jon Monroe wrote:
>>         I will be teaching an upper division Plant Biology course in the
>> Fall, and am looking for a reasonable text book to use in the course.  Does
>> anybody know of any  *GOOD* Plant Physiology or Plant Biology Texts?  I
>> would appreciate  some recommendations.
>>         Thank you,
>>  Barbara Kunkel


I have used Salisbury and Ross (Wadsworth)
and Taiz and Zeiger (Benjamin Cummings) in the
past.  Both are good and both take very different'd want to choose the one that
complements your own style for Plant Physiology.
I have seen Mohr and Schopfer (Springer Verlag)
but have not used it.

I'm not sure what you mean by "upper level", but
I think these three books are suitable for students
who have considerable biology experience.  Neither
are "easy" or "introductory" in any sense.  I have
had much difficulty finding books that meet our
undergraduate's ability in terms of reading and
biology experience.  Hopkins (John Wiley) will be
OK if/when there is a second edition.  Our courses
are not allowed to have Plant Biology prerequisites,
so something introductory is needed.

I really like the old...very old...Galston, Davies, and
Satter "Life of a Green Plant" but it is so long in the
tooth I wouldn't dare use it with our students.  They
would think I was a real stick in the mud.  It is a good
book and was inexpensive too.  Too bad it hasn't been
updated!  Another great book I have mourned is Leopold
and Kriedemann (McGraw Hill)...It was never updated.

For Botany textbooks I think the best choices are
among: Mauseth (Saunders); Raven, Evert, Eichhorn
(Worth); and Moore et al.(Wm C. Brown).  These three
take quite different approaches: ecological, anatomical,
and physiological and I like them all for various
reasons.  I have used them all.  I am currently using
Moore et al for both my Plant Biology and Plant
Physiology courses.  The fit for both is not great,
but so far is sufficient.  The costs of these books
for our students means that I must use the book for
two courses.  The botany course went well this past
spring (chapter reviews on my web pages...see URL
below), but we'll see how well the plant physiology
course goes using a botany book this fall.  I hope it
is deep enough to support the students.

There are probably other books out there, but I haven't
seen them.  I used Kaufman (Harper & Row) a few years
ago, and liked it very much, but I don't think there
was ever a second edition.  Too bad, because it had
material that is/was found nowhere else!  Perhaps its
"death" was due to too much economic botany?  Not sure.
Maybe it is still alive!  If so, H&R isn't doing much

Anyway, Good Luck!


Ross Koning                 | Koning at
Biology Department          |
Eastern CT State University | Phone: 860-465-5327
Willimantic, CT  06226  USA | Fax: 860-465-5213

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