Comprehensive Practical Plant Physiology

Comprehensive Practical Plant Physiology

Subject: Agriculture and Life Sciences
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ISBN 9780230324466
Binding Paperback
Imprints Macmillan Publishers India
Edition 1
Language English

About the Book

Comprehensive Practical Plant Physiology is an endeavour to integrate experimental details with relevant theoretical information in the field of plant physiology, thus enabling students to have an access and a deeper insight into their experimental findings. The material is presented in a concise and lucid manner which the students will find easy to assimilate. The book, unlike other practical books available on the subject, provides due emphasis to the conceptual framework.

Organized into two major sections, the book in the first section provides an introduction to key concepts of each chapter, followed by actual experiments to be conducted by the students in their semester course work. Each experiment section concludes with few sample questions that can possibly be asked during viva-voce. Demonstration experiments follow next with a set of questions. Various laboratory techniques, and project works that can be undertaken by the students have also been discussed. Microchemical tests for major plant constituents are included at the end.

The second section focuses on in-depth analysis of wide-ranging topics of special interest to students;

• Metabolic cycles – both anabolic and catabolic

• Numericals dealing with pH, molecular movement of water between cells, and energy transformation during respiratory and fat metabolism

• Explanatory notes on many key physiological phenomena as well as on classical experiments that had a revolutionary impact on the development of the subject

• Review Questions with answers

• Distinguish between the following sets

• Sections on the seminal contributions of plant physiologists, whose discoveries mpacted our fundamental thoughts on the subject and the status and development of plant physiology in India

• A glossary is provided to help students in reviewing both new and familiar terms

• The book is profusely illustrated to enhance the clarity of the text

This 'self-contained' students-friendly book will come handy not only to undergraduate and postgraduate students of botany, agriculture, horticulture, or other related disciplines like life sciences, food and nutrition, and environmental sciences, etc., but also would be of much value to students opting plant physiology as a major paper in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest

Service (IFS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Eligibility Test (NET).

About Author

S L Kochhar taught courses in Economic Botany and Plant Physiology at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, from 1965-2007. He graduated from Punjab University, Chandigarh where he was awarded the Atomic Energy Commission Scholarship. His research dissertation during Masters of Science (Honours School) in Botany won him a gold medal for standing first in the University. He was also a member of Faculty of Science, University of Delhi.

The textbook of Economic Botany is the result of his lifetime's interest in the field and three decades of research and collation of information. Among his other well-known books are Tropical Crops, and Plants and Society (co-edited with Professor M S Swaminathan (FRS) – both published by Macmillan Publishers (UK) Ltd. The second revised edition of Groves of Beauty and Plenty: An Atlas of Major Flowering Trees of India (2007), co-authored with Professor M S Swaminathan (profusely illustrated with more than 500 coloured photographs) and A Pictionary of Bulbous and Rhizomatous Garden Plants are two of his latest works.

Dr Sukhbir Kaur Gujral is presently working as Associate Professor in Department of Botany at SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi. She obtained her PhD in Plant Physiology in 1983 from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. She has been teaching courses in plant physiology and cell biology to undergraduate students for the last 25 years.

Dr Gujral has been a member of committee of courses for graduate studies in botany, University of Delhi.
Table of Contents

  • Water A Universal Solvent. Diffusion, Imbibition, Osmosis and Water Potential Concept
  • Permeability
  • Absorption of Water
  • Ascent of Sap
  • Transpiration
  • Mineral Nutrition A Broad Perspective
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Nitrogen Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Phloem Transport
  • Growth and Development A General Account
  • Plant Hormones A Historical Perspective
  • Secondary Plant Metabolites
  • Stress Physiology
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Distinguish Between the Following Sets
  • Explanatory Notes on Key Physiological Phenomenon
  • Review Questions with Answers
  • Plant-Water Relations
  • Cellular Metabolism-Both Anabolic and Catabolic
  • Translocation of Photoassimilates
  • Growth and Related Phenomenon
  • Seminal Contributions of Plant Physiologists
  • The Status and Development of Plant Physiology in India
  • Metabolic Cycles