There has always been interest in how animals live their lives --- it is easy for us to identify with them. But there are many remarkable stories about plants that deserve to be told. The Nature of Plants tells how plants adapt to the challenges of their habitats. Plants may live in places that provide too little rainfall, yet they thrive, either by evading drought, like the animals that live in deserts, or by tolerating the scarcity. There are plants that use other plants, climbing on them, strangling some, living in their leafy canopies, or parasitizing them. And The Nature of Plants explores the love-hate relationships that plants have with animals, some feeding on plants but others drawn into serving plants by pollinating them, scattering their fruits and seeds, or being eaten themselves. The mostly hidden associations that plants have with bacteria and fungi are also revealed. Illustrated throughout with superb color photographs, it is written in a way that is clear to anyone who wishes to understand the life of plants.
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How do plants adapt to challenges in their habitats? Somehow they thrive, either by evading or by tolerating difficulties. Some use other plants, climbing or strangling them, living in their leafy canopies, or parasitizing them. Some have love-hate relationships with animals that feed on them and scatter their fruits and seeds. Illustrated throughout with magnificent color photographs, this book will captivate its readers.From the Author:
Rob Lucas is a lecturer in the Natural Resources Centre of the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand.
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