[Taxacom] amazing new book on seeds published!

Richard Jensen rjensen at saintmarys.edu
Wed Jun 28 08:21:46 CDT 2006

This reads suspiciously like an advertisement.

There are a number of excellent books on seeds already on the market.  The one that comes
to mind immediately is "Seeds", by Jerry and Carol Baskin - perhaps the most thoroughly
researched (at least at the time it was published) book on seed ecology, physiology,
etc.  Admittedly, not intended for the layman, and not illustrated with artistically
enhanced SEMs, neverthelss an excellent source of both general and specific information
about the seeds of thousands of plants.

Dick J

Elly Vaes wrote:

> 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
> evolution.
> 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
> (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1901092666/026-9855724-4062031?v=glance&n=266239)
> and other book dealers. An American edition will be published by Firefly in
> autumn.
> 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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