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One part of the title is a lie.

 

So, I've read, or am reading, a bunch of books that are recommended on here. Shigo, bob Watson, etc. They're all great and all that.

But I picked up a general biology textbook today, published in 1969. Skimmed through bits of it and thought 'bloody hell this is useful'. It's fine focusing on trees but turns out I've been missing a few damn golden nuggets.

So, does anyone have any recommendations of a suitable general biology textbook? Maybe plant biology?

 

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6 minutes ago, Stuart Picken said:

How come Ive never heard of this thing called auxin? 

Er - no idea.  Auxins are pretty basic to the mechanisms of plant growth and regulation!

Gibberellins anyone?

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1 minute ago, nepia said:

Er - no idea.  Auxins are pretty basic to the mechanisms of plant growth and regulation!

Gibberellins anyone?

Ive just learnt this.

I thought it has 2 stroke and peanut butter sandwiches that led to the regulation of plant growth.

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I've a couple at home which I bought for the same reason, I'll have a look and post up.

Having done biology o level at school thirty five years ago I'd forgotten most things.

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One part of the title is a lie.

 

So, I've read, or am reading, a bunch of books that are recommended on here. Shigo, bob Watson, etc. They're all great and all that.

But I picked up a general biology textbook today, published in 1969. Skimmed through bits of it and thought 'bloody hell this is useful'. It's fine focusing on trees but turns out I've been missing a few damn golden nuggets.

So, does anyone have any recommendations of a suitable general biology textbook? Maybe plant biology?

 

 

Bloody brilliant! A great read even if biological things aren’t your strong point. If you thought you knew everything about trees, think again.

 

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Mauseth - Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology. This is an undergraduate text c800 pages. It is in its 6 edition now and over 60 to buy new. An edition from the end of last century is probably good enough to start with and from £10 second hand on bay of thieves or Amazon, or 'free' via criminal deeds electronically

I started reading Botany For Gardeners, but gave up because it seemed too dumbed down, then started reading Mauseth and gave up because its 800 pages to get through and my van needed fixing...

The nitty gritty of how plants work is physics, chemistry and molecular biology. The microscopic and submicroscopic details of the physical world are fascinating and I too hope to learn more in future

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Also Hirons and Thomas - Applied Tree Biology, for more focused treatment, good info on planting

 

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The recommend Resources/Books for the City and Guilds Level 3 Forestry and Arboriculture are:

Plant Science

Adams, C.R. 2008. Principles of Horticulture. 5th ed. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinmann. ISBN 978-

0750686945.

Allaby, M. 2006. A Dictionary of Plant Science. 2nd ed. Oxford: OUP Oxford. ISBN 978-01986081912.

Cutler D.F. et al. 2007. Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach. Sussex: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-

1105126793.

Gunning, B.E.S. 1996. Plant Cell Biology: Structure and Function. London: Jones & Bartlett. ISBN 978-

0867205046.

Jones, R.L. et al. 2000. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Plants. Sussex: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-

0943088396.

Lack, A., Evans, D. 2005. Instant Notes in Plant Biology. 2nd ed. Oxford: Taylor and Francis. ISBN 978-

1859961971.

Mauseth, J.D. 2008. Botany: An Introduction to Plant Biology. 4th ed. London: Jones & Bartlett

Publishers. ISBN 978-0763753450

Roberts, M., Reiss, M., Monger, G. 2000. Biology: Principles and Processes. Cheltenham: Nelson

Thornes. ISBN 978- 01744881768.

Smith, A. et al. 2009. Plant Biology. Oxford: Garland Science. ISBN 978-0815340256.

Raven, P.H. et al. 2005. Biology of Plants. 7th ed. New York: WH Freeman & Co Ltd. ISBN- 978-

0716762843.

Taiz, L., Zeiger, E. 2006. Plant Physiology. 4th ed. Hampshire: Sinauer Associates. ISBN 978-0878938568.

Wayne, R. 2009. Plant Cell Biology. Oxford: Academic Press. ISBN 978-0867205046.

 

Tree Science

Butin H, Lonsdale D and Strouts RG. 1995. Tree Diseases and Disorders: Causes, Biology and Control in

Forest and Amenity Trees. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198549321

Gregory S and Redfern D. 1998. Diseases and Disorders of Forest Trees: A Guide to Identifying Causes

of Ill-health in Woods and Plantations. The Stationery Office Books. ISBN 0117103382

Lonsdale D. 1999. Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management. The Stationery Office

Books. ISBN 0117533554

Mattheck C and Breloer H. 1995. The Body Language of Trees: A Handbook for Failure Analysis. The

Stationary Office Books. ISBN 0117530676

Phillips DH and Burdekin DA. 1992. Diseases of Forest and Ornamental Trees, 2nd Edition. The

Macmillan Press Ltd. ISBN 0333494936

Schwarze F, Engels J, Mattheck C and Linnard W. 2000. Fungal Strategies of Wood Decay in Trees.

Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3540672050

Strouts B and Winter T. 2000. Diagnosis of Ill-Health in Trees, 2nd Edition. The Stationery Office Books.

ISBN 0117535459

Weber K and Mattheck C. 2003. Manual of Wood Decays in Trees. Arboricultural Association. ISBN

0900978357

 

Hope that helps! 

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That's some reading list for a level 3! I'm starting an hnd in forestry this winter, my snails pace reading I don't reckon I'd get through all that.

Anyways I got the botany mauseth book, I figure 6 pound delivered you can't go wrong really. So I'll post and let folks know what I reckon! Gets here next week.

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