Teaching Plant Anatomy Through Creative Laboratory Exercises
R L Peterson
Carole A Peterson
NRC Press, Canada
This easy-to-follow, full-colour guide was created for instructors teaching plant structure at the high school and university levels. It benefits from the experience of the authors, who in teaching plant anatomy over many years, came to realise that students learn best by preparing their own microscope slides from fresh plant samples.
The exercises contained in this book have been tested, require minimal supplies and equipment, and use plants that are readily available. Detailed instructions are given for sectioning and staining of plant material. The book contains a glossary of terms, an index, and a list of suppliers of materials required. A CD-ROM of all the illustrations is included for easy downloading into PowerPoint presentations.
Students, teachers and researchers in botany and plant anatomy.
"Although a number of new plant anatomy texts have been published in recent years, none is as innovative, exciting and user-friendly as Teaching Plant Anatomy Through Creative Laboratory Exercises by Peterson, Peterson and Melville. What makes this book so usable from high school biology courses on through to upper level university plant structure labs is the wealth of experience that the authors have incorporated into this comprehensive clearly illustrated text. Using mostly photomicrographs of hand sections and wonderfully clear colour illustrations, they cover all aspects of plant structure from organelles to organs. The book also outlines some easy to use techniques, such as hand sections and clearings and macerations, which will certainly be very useful for any plant related lab. This book really does bring plant anatomy to life and will be a must for any course that deals with plant structure even if it's just to prepare plant material for molecular techniques. An excellent contribution to any botanical teaching where you want your students to get a hands-on approach to the subject."
Dr. Usher Posluszny, University of Guelph, Canada
Dr. R. Larry Peterson is internationally renowned for his research on symbiotic associations between fungi and roots and has taught many courses in botany, including plant anatomy. He has received several awards for teaching and research and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Dr. Carol A. Peterson has developed and taught courses in botany – plant anatomy. She is internationally renowned for her research on the structure and function of plant roots and recently won the Gleb Krotkov Award for her contributions to the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists.
Lewis Melville is a Research Associate in Dr. R. Larry Peterson's laboratory and has contributed to research and teaching for over 20 years. He is the co-author of numerous research publications.