Magill's Encyclopedia of Science: Plant Life

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4 Volumes
1,322 Pages
379 Essays
Website List
Time Line
150 Charts, Tables, Diagrams, Drawings
Biographical List of Botanists
Plant Classification Table
Biographical Index
Categorized Index
Subject Index
Plant Names Appendixes

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It would be difficult to think of a topic connected to the plant world that this set of reference volumes does not address in some fashion....Rather than labeling it as a first purchase, it should be considered as a candidate for larger science reference collections where comprehensive treatment is desirable.
Reference for Students  
The Gale Group  

Salem's entry on the plant science shelves is recommended for high-school, public, and academic undergraduate libraries in need of a general encyclopedia of plant science.

...whether pursuing particular facts or broad topics, serious students will find no more specific, systematic, accessible source on reference shelves.
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This Encyclopedia is highly recommended for high school, public, and undergrduate academic libraries.
American Reference Books  
Annual 2004

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Editor: Bryan D. Ness, Pacific Union College
November 2002 · 4 volumes
1,322 pages · 8"x10"

ISBN: 978-1-58765-084-0
# of Pages: 1332
# of Volumes: 4
Print List Price: $457
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e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-258-8
eBook Single User Price: $457

Magill's Encyclopedia of Science:
Plant Life

Magill's Encyclopedia of Science: Plant Life is designed to meet the needs of college and high school students as well as nonspecialists seeking general information about botany and related sciences. The encyclopedia incorporates more than 200 essays newly acquired for this publication and 185 heavily updated and revised essays from the following Salem publications: Magill's Survey of Science: Life Science (1991), Magill's Survey of Science: Life Science, Supplement (1998), Natural Resources (1998), Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (2000), World Geography (2001), and Earth Science(2001). In addition to updating the text, new bibliographies are provided at the end of every article. Every article is signed by the botanist, biologist, or other expert who wrote it; where essays have been revised or updated, the name of the updater appears as well.

Articles offer a broad overview of topics in the botany sciences, ecology, and other biological sciences. A number of practical and issue-oriented topics are covered as well, from agricultural, economic, medicinal, and cultural uses of plants to biomes, plant-related environmental issues, and the flora of major regions of the world. Technical language in the discussions is kept to a minimum or defined throughout in an easy-to-understand context.

New appendices, providing essential research tools for students, have been acquired as well:

"Biographical List of Botanists" with brief descriptions of the contributions of approximately 100 famous naturalists, botanists, and other plant scientists

"Time Line" chronicling the history of plant science

Plant Classification Table

Glossary of more than 900 terms

Bibliography, organized by category of research

Web Sites, annotated for readers online research needs

Plant Names: Common-to-Scientific

Plant Names: Scientific-to-Common