Demons in Eden The Paradox of Plant Diversity

ISBN-10: 0226757722

ISBN-13: 9780226757728

Edition: 2008

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Description: Jonathan Silvertown here explores the astonishing diversity of plant life in regions as spectacular as the verdant climes of Japan, the lush grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the shallow wetlands and teeming freshwaters of Florida, the tropical rainforests of southeast Mexico, and the Canary Islands archipelago, whose evolutionary novelties-and exotic plant life-have earned it the sobriquet 0;the Galapagos of botany.1; Along the way, Silvertown looks closely at the evolution of plant diversity in these locales and explains why such variety persists in light of ecological patterns and evolutionary processes. In novel and useful ways, he also investigates the current state of plant diversity on the planet to show the ever-challenging threats posed by invasive species and humans. Thispaperback edition will include an entirely new chapter on the astonishing diversity of plant life in the Western Cape of South Africa that focuses onfynbos, a vegetation endemic to the Cape. Bringing the secret life of plants into more colorful and vivid focus than ever before,Demons in Edenis an empathic and impassioned exploration of modern plant ecology that unlocks evolutionary mysteries of the natural world. 0;Jonathan Silvertown has a knack for explaining complex biological concepts in an accessible and engaging way. He deftly uses analogy and example to illustrate his discussions, and often waxes lyrical in his descriptions.1;-Viveka Neveln,American Gardener 0;Jonathan Silvertown7;s enthusiasm for scientific sleuthing is infectious.1;-Sara Alexander,Science 0;A delightful series of vignettes about plant diversity and evolutionary biology. . . . It is evident that Jonathan Silvertown is a scientist who can communicate complex scientific ideas to the general public. . . . Highly recommended.1;-Choice

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Preface 1. An Evolving Eden 2. The Tree of Trees 3. Succulent Isles 4. Demon Mountain 5. The Panama Paradox 6. Nix Nitch 7. Liebig's Revenge 8. Florida! 9. New Demons? 10. The End of Eden? Scientific Names of Plants Mentioned in the Text Sources and Further Reading Index
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