From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e
Gokhan Hacisalihoglu, Florida A&M University
Copyright Year: 2021
ISBN 13: 9781736577912
Publisher: Florida State University
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This text is comprehensive in its topics but with limited explanation of each. Good introduction to a wide array of concepts but students will probably need other sources for more substantial information. read more
This text is comprehensive in its topics but with limited explanation of each. Good introduction to a wide array of concepts but students will probably need other sources for more substantial information.
The information is accurate.
Content is relevant at this time but some of this information is rapidly changing and will need to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis (i.e. Chapters 18-25.)
The text is easy enough to read but some terms are not defined and students will need to reference another source. A glossary would be helpful.
Text is consistent from chapter to chapter.
The text is separated into manageable sections. There is flexibility in the order the chapters can be covered with students.
The topics are presented in a logical, clear fashion. Each section is clearly titled.
PDF format is ideal for many students. It would be helpful to have each chapter as a quick link in the Table of Contents to eliminate scrolling through so many pages when searching for information. The pictures and graphs are helpful but could be more instructive.
Did not find any grammatical errors.
A large variety of examples used from different parts of the world. I'm always a proponent of adding more inclusive examples. The more students can relate to the material the easier it is for them to learn!
I great book to introduce students to plant biology but recommend providing them with ways to find more in-depth information on some of the topics. A "further reading" list or section might be helpful in this regard.
Topic-wise, this text can be considered almost too comprehensive, as it includes chapters on fungi and cyanobacteria (for a plant textbook), as well as chapters on "growth mindset and grit" and "how to study STEM." However, individual chapters... read more
Topic-wise, this text can be considered almost too comprehensive, as it includes chapters on fungi and cyanobacteria (for a plant textbook), as well as chapters on "growth mindset and grit" and "how to study STEM." However, individual chapters relevant to the actual topic of growing plants are short with limited text explanations of the concepts presented. Overall, the textbook is very broad, but doesn't go very deeply into each of the relevant topics discussed.
Content is accurate when provided, but limited explanation of many concepts, which may lead to students searching for further explanation, which may not be accurate.
Plant systematics is often updated, so some of the material may become obsolete. Those sections in particular should be reviewed/updated by the author as necessary.
This is the area I had the most difficulty with and the reason I probably would not use it as a textbook in my "science and care of plants" classes. Many concepts of plant science are covered, but most are glossed over with a brief paragraph, followed by multiple graphics that would make nice powerpoint slides, but definitely would require more explanation, such as during a lecture, in an undergraduate environment. This wouldn't be as helpful as a reference text for students in the course as many terms/concepts are not thoroughly explained, leaving the student hunting for more information. For instance, when xylem/phloem are first introduced, they are not defined. In a later chapter, the definition of xylem is prefaced with "produced by procambium then protoxylem, then metaxylem," with no explanation of what those layers are or where they are found. I think most students reading this text to assist with homework assignments, etc. would be left scrambling to find more information to help define many of the terms and concepts so briefly introduced here.
The text is consistent and predictable in its content and format and is thus user-friendly in that regard.
The textbook is broken up into 30 chapters and 5 appendices, with enough sections to be able to cover many different topics within plant science.
The chapters are all organized similarly, and thus user-friendly. Each chapter begins with a brief introductory paragraph followed by student learning outcomes, then 1-2 graphics typically requiring some further explanation (similar to powerpoint slides, so would be useful during a lecture in that regard), then a vocabulary/concept table, and finally a "test your knowledge section" (with answers supplied at the end of each chapter), and a number of plant examples ("spot the plant").
This book is downloadable as a pdf, which I believe is ideal for students with limited or unreliable internet access. However, given the sparseness of many of the explanations within each topic, it would be helpful to provide vetted links to more information on each topic, which would be more easily accessible in an online format.
I did not find any grammatical errors in my review of this textbook.
This text refers to plants grown and used throughout the world (such as coffee and tea) and did not contain any insensitive or offensive material.
Overall, I liked the organization and consistency of this textbook along with what would be many useful slides within a lecture class. However, if your intent is to use this textbook as the primary reference for students, I believe it is lacking in fuller explanations of many topics since each chapter only has a brief paragraph introducing the chapter topic, and the rest is explained through tables and graphics, which may be difficult to piece together/access by some students. Also, the inclusion of chapters on fungi and cyanobacteria within the text was a bit confusing since it's a text about growing plants, and the final chapters on "growth mindset and grit," "student learning," and "how to study STEM" really made the text too broad (and might be useful as extended links within the course, but not included in this textbook).
It is a comprehensive text but may even be too broad in its scope. Author should narrow focus. read more
It is a comprehensive text but may even be too broad in its scope. Author should narrow focus.
Content is accurate but superficial at times. The Genetics chapter is too basic.
It is relevant.
It is not completely clear since it is written in scanty language. It appears more as a dictionary or encyclopedia of knowledge. Lacks well developed paragraphs. Only provides broad overview. Appears as an outline for a textbook.
Style is consistent. Chapter headings, info presented with quizzes and answers at end.
Sectioned off very well and chapters can be selected for presentation.
Very good organization and structure.
I wish diagrams were clearer. Color phototgraphs would have been better than the diagrams presented.
There are no grammatical errors. The word “with” should not be abbreviated with a “w”. There should be a w/ instead used here.
- It is an inclusive book and I found it culturally relevant. Good section on world issues such as the pandemic.
It is a good basis for a book. Looks more like an encyclopadia or dictionary with quizzes on subject matter. Information is outlined but not written in well developed paragraphs.
Table of Contents
- CHAPTER 01. PLANTAE KINGDOM
- CHAPTER 02. PLANT CELLS AND TISSUES
- CHAPTER 03. ROOT SYSTEM
- CHAPTER 04. SHOOT SYSTEM
- CHAPTER 05. SYSTEMATICS
- CHAPTER 06. ALGAE (PROTISTA PHYLUM)
- CHAPTER 07. BRYOPHYTES
- CHAPTER 08. SEEDLESS PLANTS (FERNS AND FERN RELATIVES)
- CHAPTER 09. GYMNOSPERMS (CONE BEARING)
- CHAPTER 10. FLOWERS, FRUITS, AND SEEDS (FLOWERING ANGIOSPERMS)
- CHAPTER 11. PLANT HORMONES
- CHAPTER 12. GENETICS
- CHAPTER 13. PLANT NUTRITION
- CHAPTER 14. WATER AND SOLUTE TRANSPORT
- CHAPTER 15. SECONDARY GROWTH
- CHAPTER 16. PHOTOSYNTHESIS (PS)
- CHAPTER 17. CELLULAR RESPIRATION
- CHAPTER 18. INDOOR VERTICAL FARMING AND CULTIVATING PLANTS IN MICROGRAVITY
- CHAPTER 19. HUMAN NUTRITION FROM PLANTS AND PLANT-BASED PROTEINS
- CHAPTER 20. SEED GERMINATION AND SEEDLING ESTABLISHMMENT
- CHAPTER 21. TEA GROWING, BREW, AND LEAVES
- CHAPTER 22. COFFEE GROWING, ROAST, GRIND, AND BEANS
- CHAPTER 23. SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS
- CHAPTER 24. SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND CRISPR GENE EDITING IN CROPS
- CHAPTER 25. MINING PLANT SUPERB VARIETIES FOR INCREASED RESILIENCE TO SUBOPTIMAL CONDITIONS
- CHAPTER 26. FUNGI KINGDOM
- CHAPTER 27. CYANOBACTERIA AND VIRUSES (COVID-19 PANDEMIC EDITION)
- CHAPTER 28. GROWTH MINDSET AND GRIT
- CHAPTER 29. STUDENT LEARNING
- CHAPTER 30. HOW TO STUDY STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH)
About the Book
Ready to find out how plants are grown and function? Take a fantastic voyage through plants. From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e brings the latest information for understanding of traditional and modern plant growing, form, and production. Topics covered in 30 chapters include concise and up-to-date ‘big picture’ infographics, student learning outcomes (SLOs), key vocabulary, assessment, as well as identification of 120 species, and more. Moreover, author Dr. G. Hacisalihoglu emphasizes on leaning concepts, binding those concepts together with visuals approach to make learning faster and more memorable.
From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e is packed full of horticultural information that is ideal for both academia and industry growers. It is basic enough that if you are just getting started learning plants, you will be able to catch up. Always remember that practice makes permanent and keep going to take your learning plant bio to new levels.
About the Contributors
Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Florida A&M University. He earned his Ph.D. in plant biology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He has several years of experience teaching a variety of university courses from first year General Biology to Plant Anatomy & Development, and Scientist Life Skills. He won many teaching and research awards including FAMU Teaching Innovation Award, FAMU Advanced Teacher of the Year Award, FAMU Teacher of the Year Award, FAMU Research Excellent Award, and Best Professor of the Arts & Sciences. He is a member of the American Society of Plant Biologists. He was a visiting fellow at Michigan State University, Florida State University, Cornell University, and University of Florida. He has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Japan as an expert consultant in Plant Biology. Throughout his scientific career, Dr. Hacisalihoglu has had the opportunity to mentor and direct a diverse group of undergrad and grad students. Dr. Hacisalihoglu looks forward to developing new collaborations.