The Nature of Plants - Craig N. Huegel - 2020
An Introduction to How Plants Work
By: Craig N. Huegel
Narrated by: Tom Parks
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Release date: 07-28-20
Categories: Science, Horticulture
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: mp3 64/48 stereo
Plants play a critical role in how we experience our environment. They create calming green spaces, provide oxygen for us to breathe, and nourish our senses. In The Nature of Plants, ecologist and nursery owner Craig Huegel demystifies the complex lives of plants and provides listeners with an extensive tour into their workings.
Beginning with the importance of light, water, and soil, Huegel describes the process of photosynthesis and how best to position plants to receive optimal sunlight. He explains why plants suffer from overwatering, what essential elements plants need to flourish, and what important soil organisms reside with them. Listeners will understand the difference between friendly and hostile bacteria, fungi, and insects.
Sections on plant structure and reproduction focus in detail on major plant organs - roots, stems, and leaves-and cover flowering, pollination, fruit development, and seed germination. Huegel even delves into the mysterious world of plant communication, exploring the messages conveyed to animals or other plants through chemical scents and hormones.
Choice Outstanding Academic Title - Florida Book Awards, Bronze Medal for General Nonfiction
“[A] superbly well-explained primer. . . . This is an outstanding introduction that will serve avid gardeners well, and may also sway those who previously viewed plant life as inert and absent of interest.”—Publishers Weekly
“Encourages each of us to look at plants more thoughtfully and to consider the processes that take place every day that largely go unnoticed. You will better appreciate plants after reading Huegel’s book.”—Nicole Pinson, urban horticulture agent and master gardener coordinator, UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension
“Huegel explains plant structure and biology in a manner that is accessible and useful for the home gardener or weekend naturalist.”—Marc S. Frank, extension botanist, University of Florida Herbarium
“An entertaining and insightful glimpse into the intricate workings of the plant kingdom.”—Erin Goergen, St. Petersburg College
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