Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New Review for a very informative, educational book: The Secret of Plants in the Environment

The Secret of Plants in the Environment is full of intriguing facts and statistics about plants and the many things that can affect a plant’s lifespan. The information is well researched and presented. This book investigates the results of various types of stress on plant life. For example, you will learn how plants adjust to drought and extreme temperatures. Prior to reading this book, I was not aware of the defenses plants can develop when dangers arise. They really are quite ingenious when you discover all of the abilities nature has given them. The Secret of Plants in the Environment conveys a wealth of facts about plants. You will learn so many new things from the three life cycles in the plant; “invisible growth of root, visible growth of the stem” and the appearance of blossoms and fruit. You will see what happens to plants when they are exposed to a wide variety of environmental hazards and the possible remedies for them. In addition, you may be surprised to learn that new “Cash Crop Development” is using tea, and cardamom to encourage “Broom plantations,” which help impoverished farmers increase their income. The government of India also promotes farmers to grow crops like ginger and turmeric. There are a great many subjects discussed in this book and readers are sure to learn new facts such as how magnetic fields may be beneficial to plant life, what kind of proteins are essential to plants? How do some hardy plants manage to survive in cold weather? What kind of fertilizers can help plants? There is no doubt The Secret of Plants in the Environment will enrich your knowledge of plant life and ways that plants can cope with various stresses. You will also so what we can do to help both plants and the environment thrive. I enjoyed the pictures and charts that explained certain scientific processes and the effects of various elements on plants. In the back of the book, you will see a list of contributing scientists, as well as a list of common names, and a collection of scientific terms. My suggestion would be to add a definition to the scientific terms so that people who are not involved in research or botany, could familiarize themselves with the words that may be unfamiliar to them. This book would be of immense value to botanists, students conducting experiments with plants as well as those who are concerned with making the environment safer for plants and humans. My compliments to the author, Rishikesh Uphadhyay, for a job well done. My rating: Four stars

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