Wicked Plants

Author: Amy Stewart
Publisher: Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781565129399
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A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. In Wicked Plants, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations. It’s an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend. You’ll learn which plants to avoid (like exploding shrubs), which plants make themselves exceedingly unwelcome (like the vine that ate the South), and which ones have been killing for centuries (like the weed that killed Abraham Lincoln's mother). Menacing botanical illustrations and splendidly ghastly drawings create a fascinating portrait of the evildoers that may be lurking in your own backyard. Drawing on history, medicine, science, and legend, this compendium of bloodcurdling botany will entertain, alarm, and enlighten even the most intrepid gardeners and nature lovers.

When Plants Attack

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch
Publisher: Millbrook Press ™
ISBN: 1541552334
Size: 66.90 MB
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Science writer and plant expert Rebecca E. Hirsch presents fun and gross facts about a variety of plants along with explaining the science behind why they do what they do. Featured plants include the Venus Flytrap, an African tree that houses stinking ants to protect itself from hungry animals, a "vampire vine" that sucks nutrients from other plants, and fiendishly invasive kudzu.

Introduction To Agronomy Food Crops And Environment

Author: Craig C. Sheaffer
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1111312338
Size: 23.40 MB
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This full-color introduction to agronomy and crop science offers both traditional agricultural students and students with nonagricultural backgrounds a timely look at the principles of crop science, sustainable agriculture, and a host of related societal issues. A must-read text for anyone interested in what are arguably the most profoundly important issues of our time, INTRODUCTION TO AGRONOMY, second edition addresses the basics of safe and sustainable food and fiber production as well as big picture topics such as energy, ecology, and environmental quality. Throughout the text, readers will find information and illustrations on the latest agricultural methods, regulations, and practices--and how each is impacting our society and each individual within it. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Plant Anatomy

Author: Richard Crang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319773151
Size: 60.89 MB
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Intended as a text for upper-division undergraduates, graduate students and as a potential reference, this broad-scoped resource is extensive in its educational appeal by providing a new concept-based organization with end-of-chapter literature references, self-quizzes, and illustration interpretation. The concept-based, pedagogical approach, in contrast to the classic discipline-based approach, was specifically chosen to make the teaching and learning of plant anatomy more accessible for students. In addition, for instructors whose backgrounds may not primarily be plant anatomy, the features noted above are designed to provide sufficient reference material for organization and class presentation. This text is unique in the extensive use of over 1150 high-resolution color micrographs, color diagrams and scanning electron micrographs. Another feature is frequent side-boxes that highlight the relationship of plant anatomy to specialized investigations in plant molecular biology, classical investigations, functional activities, and research in forestry, environmental studies and genetics, as well as other fields. Each of the 19 richly-illustrated chapters has an abstract, a list of keywords, an introduction, a text body consisting of 10 to 20 concept-based sections, and a list of references and additional readings. At the end of each chapter, the instructor and student will find a section-by-section concept review, concept connections, concept assessment (10 multiple-choice questions), and concept applications. Answers to the assessment material are found in an appendix. An index and a glossary with over 700 defined terms complete the volume.

Too Much To Dream

Author: Peter Bebergal
Publisher: Soft Skull Press
ISBN: 1593764685
Size: 59.48 MB
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Growing up in the suburbs of Boston and raised on secular Judaism, Cocoa Puffs, and Gilligan’s Island, Peter Bebergal was barely in his teens when the ancient desire to finding higher spiritual meaning in the universe struck. Already schooled in mysticism by way of comic books, Dungeons & Dragons, and Carlos Castaneda, he turned to hallucinogens, convinced they would provide a path to illumination. Was this profound desire for God—a god he believed that could only be apprehended by an extreme state of altered consciousness—simply a side effect of the drugs? Or was it a deeper human longing that was manifesting itself, even on a country club golf course at the edge of a strip mall? Too Much to Dream places Bebergal’s story within the cultural history of hallucinogens, American fascination with mysticism, and the complex relationship between drug addiction, popular culture, rock ‘n’ roll, occultism, and psychology. With a captivating foreword by Peter Coyote, and interviews with writers, artists, and psychologists such as Dennis McKenna, James Fadima, Arik Roper, Jim Woodring, and Mark Tulin, Bebergal offers a groundbreaking exploration of drugs, religion, and the craving for spirituality entrenched in America’s youth.

Abraham Lincoln In The Kitchen

Author: Rae Katherine Eighmey
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Press
ISBN:
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A culinary portrait of the 16th President reveals his cooking prowess while describing 19th-century kitchen practices, sharing dozens of period recipes and engaging stories about how Lincoln prepared and served favorite foods to guests and during rallies. By the award-winning author of A Prairie Kitchen.

Identifying Ferns The Easy Way

Author: Lynn Levine
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780970365460
Size: 65.93 MB
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"Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast" is an exquisitely illustrated and easy-to-use guide created to make fern identification more accessible than ever for nature lovers of all ages. This guide presents a unique method to explain how ferns are classified into five major groups. Then, these groupings are illustrated using fern silhouettes. Each of the 28 common ferns in this guide has descriptions which detail "Where it Grows," "Tips for Identification," "Can be Confused With" and "Interesting Notes." The terminology used in this book makes this guide extremely user-friendly. "Gardeners, hikers and naturalists all need this elegantly simple guide to the common fern species of the Northeast. The lineage of these plants is ancient, their charms immutable. These pages bring their identities into the light, a gift indeed." Roger B. Swain. Host, PBS -TV's "The Victory Garden""This guide offers a wonderful way for people to become acquainted with our common regional ferns. A simple, effective key and great illustrations make this a very user-friendly field guide."Tom Wessels, Professor Emeritus, Antioch University and author of "The Forested Landscape."Lynn Levine, began her career in 1978, as the first woman consulting forester in the Northeast. She has taken thousands of people into the forest to share her love of nature, and to spur others to feel the same. She has found that teaching about trees, tracks and, now, ferns, is one powerful way to spark and enhance that bond. Levine is the author of "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Pocket Guide," and two children's books: "Snow Secrets" and "Is it Time, Yet?" She is co-author of "Working with Your Woodland: A Landowner's Guide" and "Mammal Tracks and Scat: Life-Size Tracking Guide." Briony Morrow-Cribbs launched her book illustrating career with two New York Times Best Sellers: "Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities" and "Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army & Other Diabolical Insects." Briony's work includes etchings, prints and illustrations.