Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity

Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity
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He is the author of numerous books on ecology and evolution.

Demons in Eden: The Paradox of Plant Diversity by Jonathan Silvertown (Paperback, 2008)

Let us hope that he is right. He deftly uses analogy and example to illustrate his discussions, and often waxes lyrical in his descriptions. Convert currency.

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Brand new Book. 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 "the Galapagos of botany.

This paperback edition will include an entirely new chapter on the astonishing diversity of plant life in the Western Cape of South Africa that focuses on fynbos, a vegetation endemic to the Cape. Bringing the secret life of plants into more colorful and vivid focus than ever before, "Demons in Eden" is an empathic and impassioned exploration of modern plant ecology that unlocks evolutionary mysteries of the natural world.

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The first idea was the niche hypothesis. The wide variety of uses that humans have developed for seeds of all sorts also receives a fascinating look, studded with examples, including foods, oils, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. When you have checked every square, go back to the beginning and start again. Generally only the phenology, which deals with the seasonality of phe life history of leaves, stems, flowers and fruits was nophases Linnaeus , and of morphology, followed. Many species endemic to the Canaries have relatives, and even descendants, in other parts of Macaronesia, suggesting that the now submerged islands were once used in a game of Macaronesian hopscotch.

Jonathan Silvertown. Publisher: University of Chicago Press , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis About this title At the heart of evolution lies a bewildering paradox. This book is a quick read and Silvertown's style is engaging. I highly recommend it for biologists looking for a way to better comprehend the alien invasion happening all around us.

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