|Botany Courses and Textbooks
Plants and Their Structure :
There are a series of five pages dealing with plant biology. They are colorful presentations, nicely illustrated, and very informative.
Be sure to see the following pages on DNA and genetics from the website's Main Menu.
Plant Biology at Kimball's Biology :
Includes angiosperm life cycle, asexual reproduction in plants, plant cells, chlorophyll, germination of seeds, the leaf, photosynthesis, roots,
symbiotic nitrogen fixation, transpiration and more.
A leaf may be viewed as a solar collector crammed full of photosynthetic cells. This is a highly illustrated and colorful presentation.
Biology of Plants :
Read the guide to using this website and pointers for studying plant biology. If you are a teacher interested in getting
copies of the lab exercises in Microsoft Word files, please visit the Downloading Page. A
Typical Plant Cell is shown here.
Botany Online - Internet Hypertextbook :
58 chapters cover botany basics, from cell structure to Mendelian genetics to molecular reactions in plants. Accompanying the clear text
are many images and movies: micrographs of cells, interactive molecular models, even animations modeling how cells form patterns.
Scott's Botanical Links: Read a biography of a famous botanist,
locate a picture of a rare plant, or learn how to propagate geraniums. The content runs from highly technical DNA databases to general
how-to's on plant care. Searchable archives stretch back to 1996.
|The Secret Lives of Plants
Getting Hip to Plant Hormones : Hormones get blamed for some crazy behavior in humans,
but you should see what they do to plants. These potent growth regulators stimulate flowering, induce cell elongation, determine sex, and more.
By Steve Croker and colleagues at the University of Bristol, U.K.
Plants In Motion: 21 time-lapse movies
reveal the almost imperceptible movements of plants. The films illustrate concepts such as geotropism and phototropism (movements in response
to gravity and light) and daily cycles of activity.
Arabidopsis Information Resource : The complete sequencing of a plant genome,
a small flowering weed known as Arabidopsis thaliana, has been accomplished. This database can be searched by genetic markers, clones, and people,
among other options.
|Major Groups of Plants
Angiosperm Phylogeny : This taxonomic synopsis provides key
physical and biochemical characteristics for hundreds of families and genera and all of the 80-odd orders of flowering plants.
Seaweeds : Kelps, wracks, seaweeds and other kinds of algae. Taxonomic database with
geographic distributions, type localities, synonyms, and illustrations for more than 18,000 species.
The Cycads : Plants of an ancient, once-thriving lineage,
and limited to warm climates, all 250-odd extant cycad species are hosted at this site of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia.
The Parasitic Plant Connection : 3900+ species of plants, about 1% of
the world's total, are parasitic. This site provides distribution maps and key characteristics for 18 families of parasitic plants.