Jane Loudon, the Mrs Beeton of the
Victorian gardening world, wrote several popular books on horticulture and
botany specifically for women. In the 18th century, botany books were mostly
written for a female audience. Women were encouraged to study botany as it was
considered to be an acceptable activity for women.
The objective of this note is to provide
a knowledge of basic botany, teach specific information about economically
important plants, and instill skills in critically researching a topic on an
economically important plant. Topics covered includes: plant morphology and
taxonomy, Plant anatomy and physiology, Plant anatomy, Vegetable plants,
Flowering plants, Spices, Herbs; Essential oils, fragrances, perfumes, Genetics;
plant breeding, cultivars, Cereal grains, Alcoholic beverages, Gordon Biersch
Brewery, Fiber plants,Medicinal plants.
Main objectives of this WHO monographs is to provide a model that
will support countries in developing their own national or regional monographs
on medicinal plants or national formularies on herbal medicines. It contains the
scientific information on the safety, efficacy and quality control/quality
assurance of widely used medicinal plants.
In the chapters of this book, on the
identification of trees, the aim has been to bring before the student only such
characters and facts as shall help him to distinguish the tree readily during
all seasons of the year. Special stress is laid in each case on the most
striking peculiarities. Possible confusion with other trees of similar
appearance is prevented as far as possible through comparisons with trees of
like form or habit.
note covers the following topics: Nomenclature, Leaves, The photosynthesis
process, The Root System, Growth controls, Growth Responses to Light, Growth
Responses to Gravity, Hormones and Plant Functions, The Aging Process, Branching
and Root Formation, Plant Defenses, Dormancy, Mechanical and chemical
Protection, Alkaloids, Wound Healing.