Recommend Botany Textbook
David R. Hershey
dh321 at PGSTUMAIL.PG.CC.MD.US
Mon Mar 10 00:57:21 EST 1997
Nice to see someone is trying to revive high school botany classes. There
are at least half-a-dozen intro. college botany texbooks on the market.
Three are published by William C. Brown of Dubuque, Iowa. They are Stern's
Introductory Plant Biology, a nonmajors text with lots on plant uses;
Northington and Schneider's The Botanical World, which emphasizes
environmental issues; and Moore et al's Botany, strong on physiology.
Saunders College Publishing has Mauseth's Botany: An Introduction to
Plant Biology, emphasizing evolution and diversity. Worth Publishers has
Raven et al's Biology of Plants, also strong on evolution. Harper & Row
has Kaufman et al's Plants: Their Biology and Importance, the oldest of
the bunch with a 1989 publication. All are good, have lots of color photos
but are heavy with vocabulary.
Do you have any particular emphasis in mind?
On 9 Mar 1997, Diane Fellers wrote:
> Our science department plans to introduce a botany course next year. Plans
> were initially made to use a standard biology text as a primary reference
> source but the current high school texts almost ignore the plant kingdom.
> Can anyone offer a suggestion?
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