[Taxacom] amazing new book on seeds published!

Elly Vaes roasty_ at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 28 06:45:50 CDT 2006

Hi everybody,

This one might be interesting for some of you. A new popular scientific book 
has just been published on seeds. Being literally the only book of its kind 
on the subject, the scholarly written but highly readable account (judged so 
in an independent review) is a great educational tool and additional read 
for university students and everybody interested in plant structure and 

Prepared by artist Rob Kesseler and Wolfgang Stuppy, Kew’s seed 
morphologist, "Seeds - Time Capsules of Life" is a book woven around the 
Millennium Seed Bank Project. It presents a natural history of seeds 
illustrated with some of the most spectacular examples of seeds and fruits 
found in nature. The story begins with the evolution of seeds and their 
structure and discusses their dispersal through space and time, the latter 
finally leading over to the Millennium Seed Bank Project which is featured 
in a separate chapter.
Using seeds collected in the UK and many of the MSB Partner Countries, the 
highlight of the book are images taken with a scanning electron microscope 
(SEM) that have subsequently been artistically enhanced by Rob Kesseler. For 
the first time ever, “Seeds – Time Capsules of Life” reveals the minute and 
breathtaking detail of seeds to the public eye and presents their natural 
history before a scientifically sound background. The book has recently been 
reviewed in the June issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine and is now available 
from the publisher's website (www.papadakis.net), amazon 
and other book dealers. An American edition will be published by Firefly in 

Seeds - Time Capsules of Life
by Rob Kesseler & Wolfgang Stuppy
Papadakis Publisher in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 
264pp, £35.-
ISBN 1901092666 (hb)

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