Welcome to Science Week 2014! During the week we will be posting about the love of science and the diverse range of sciency resources you can find at the library.
Without plants humans could not exist!
We eat them, make clothing, shelter and tools from them, they provide us with wood, dyes, medicines and many other things that we take for granted. So botany, the study of plants, is a science that we cannot do without. Here are some great books about how plants and botany have shaped our world.
What is botany?
Plants range in size from diminutive duckweeds only a few millimetres in length to the giant sequoias of California that reach 90 metres (300 feet) or more in height. There are approximately 275,000 to 300,000 different species of plants, and new species are continually being described, particularly from previously unexplored tropical areas of the world. Plants evolved from aquatic ancestors and have subsequently migrated over the entire surface of Earth, inhabiting tropical, Arctic, desert, and Alpine regions. Some plants have returned to an aquatic habitat in either fresh or salt water. Plants play a vital role in the maintenance of life on Earth.
plant. (2014). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved fromhttp://library.eb.com.au/levels/adults/article/108554
The scientific study of plants is called botany; the study of their relationship to their environment and of their distribution is plant ecology. The cultivation of plants for food and for decoration is horticulture.
Plant. (2013). In The Columbia Encyclopedia.
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