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Plant Taxonomy The Systematic Evaluation of Comparative Data

ISBN-10: 0231147120

ISBN-13: 9780231147125

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Tod F. Stuessy

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The field of plant taxonomy has transformed rapidly over the past fifteen years, especially with regard to improvements in cladistic analysis and the use of new molecular data. The second edition of this popular resource reflects these far-reaching and dramatic changes by adding more than 3,000 new references and figures. Synthesizing current research and trends, this book now provides the most up-to-date overview of plant taxonomy in relation to monographic, biodiversity, and evolutionary studies, and continues to be an essential resource for students and scholars. This volume introduces students to the philosophical and theoretical aspects of plant taxonomy. The text is divided into two parts: Part 1 explains the principles of taxonomy, including the importance of systematics, characters, concepts of categories, and different approaches to biological classification. Part 2 outlines the different types of data used in plant taxonomic studies with suggestions on their efficacy and modes of presentation and evaluation. This section also lists the equipment and financial resources required for gathering each type of data. References throughout the book illuminate the historical development of taxonomic terminology and philosophy while citations offer further study. More than just a reference, Plant Taxonomyis also a personal story of what it means to be a practicing taxonomist and to view these activities within a meaningful conceptual framework. Tod F. Stuessy recalls the progression of his own work and thoughts and shares his belief that the most creative taxonomy is done by those who have a strong conceptual grasp of their own research.
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Book details

List price: $110.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 784
Size: 8.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 4.994
Language: English

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