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Table of contents (14 chapters)
About this book
This unique and attractive open access textbook combines the beauty of macroscopic pictures of plant stems with the corresponding colorfully stained images of anatomical micro-structures. In contrast to most botanical textbooks, it presents all the stem characteristics as photographs and shows the microscopic reality.
The amount of text is reduced to a minimum, and the scientific information is highlighted with short legends and labeled photographs, allowing readers to focus on the pictures to easily understand how the anatomical structures relate to genetic, ecological, decomposition and technical influences. It includes a chapter devoted to simple anatomical preparation techniques, and further chapters showing the cell content, cell walls, meristematic tissues and stem structures of all major taxonomic units and morphological growth forms in various ecological and climatic regions from subarctic to equatorial latitudes, as well as structures of fossil, subfossil and technically altered wood.
This textbook appeals to students and researchers in the fields of plant anatomy, taxonomy, ecology, dendrochronology, history, plant pathology, and evolutionary biology as well as to technologists.
- Plant stem construction
- Plant cell contents
- Plant cell walls
- Plant meristems
- Anatomy of pteridophyta
- Stem evolution
- Plant ecology
- Wood degradation
- Plant morphology
- Open Access
- Anatomy ofseed plants
- Systematic Botany
- Wood Science and Technology
Authors and Affiliations
Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research - WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Fritz H. Schweingruber
Melrose Park, Australia
About the authors
After studies at the University of Bern, Switzerland and postdocs by Hal Fritts in Tucson, Arizona he was teaching during 26 years wood anatomy and dendrochronology at the University of Basel. At the same time he was leader of the Research Group Tree Rings and Environment at the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape in Birmensdorf, Switzerland where he constructed the Northern hemispheric dendroclimatological densitometric network and wood anatomical books from Europe, Russia and the Sahara. 1986 he founded the International dendroecological field week and 2001 the International dendroanatomical weeks.
She is a geo-ecologist with a special interest plant ecology. She has worked for more than 15 years as an editor and designer in the field of scientific publications, in print and web media. She specialises in science communication, and her clients include a number of major research institutes in Europe and Australia. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.
Book Title: The Plant Stem
Book Subtitle: A Microscopic Aspect
Authors: Fritz H. Schweingruber, Annett Börner
Publisher: Springer Cham
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-73523-8Published: 09 July 2018
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-08805-7Published: 11 February 2019
eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-73524-5Published: 13 June 2018
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: VII, 207