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We have compiled the list of Best Reference Books on Plants subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of best books on Plants along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Plants subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on “Plants” as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

List of Plants Books with author’s names, publishers, and an unbiased review as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books.

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1. Plant Diversity

1. “Plants: Diversity and Evolution” by Martin Ingrouille and Bill Eddie

“Plants: Diversity and Evolution” Book Review: This book is for the students interested in plant ecology. This book contains details of plants growing in different regions. It tells us about the isolated moss colonies on stone walls found in the forest of tropical rainforests. This book briefs us about the complexity, ecology, evolution and development of plants. This book also has colourful and beautiful photos of plants.

2. “Understory Plant Diversity in Riparian Alder-Conifer Stands After Logging in Southeast Alaska (Classic Reprint)” by Robert L Deal
3. “Impact of Micro-Enterprises on Plant Diversity and Rural Livelihood” Impact of Micro-Enterprises on Plant Diversity and Rural Livelihood6 November 2013 by Lamichhane Sabina

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“Impact of Micro-Enterprises on Plant Diversity and Rural Livelihood” Book Review: This book is for the people interested in forest ecology. This book gives information about the meaningful utilization of the resources in order to promote good living in forest areas. It deals with the local communities, enterprises and plant diversity and interrelation between them.

4. “Plant Diversity in the Central Great Caucasus: A Quantitative Assessment (Geobotany Studies)” by Eva Spehn and Otar Abdaladze

“Plant Diversity in the Central Great Caucasus: A Quantitative Assessment (Geobotany Studies)” Book Review: This book is for the people interested in forest ecology. This book gives us information about the flora of the central caucasus. It explains about the montane, alpine and nival plant. This book offers a wide variety of plant species. It provides us with the knowledge of mountain range and a valuable resource for comparative ecology and biodiversity assessments of warm temperate mountain systems.

5. “Microbial Diversity and Plant Disease Management” by Krishna Pratap Singh and K Shahi D

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“Microbial Diversity and Plant Disease Management” Book Review: This book is useful for the students of plant pathology. And to the teachers,researchers, technologists, extension workers and disease scouts. This book is an excellent guide for agribusiness personnel, home gardeners and others interested in integrated diseases management. This book gives us ideas about the microbial diversity and forecasting based disease management strategy. It provides a closer look at plant disease and its cure. This book has information on distribution, biology, epidemiology, and control of pathogens and diseases.

6. “Conservation of Plant Diversity in Mountainous Arid Environments” by Hamada Elsayed Ali

“Conservation of Plant Diversity in Mountainous Arid Environments” Book Review: This book is useful for the students of plant pathology and to the environmentalists. This book contains details about the variety of life present on earth. It tells us about the harm caused to the environment and the rate of distinction of several animal and plant species. It contains the strategies to conserve plant diversity.

7. “Assessment of Ethnomedicinal Plant Diversity of Santragachi Area” by Banerjee Arnab and Biswas Sudipta

“Assessment of Ethnomedicinal Plant Diversity of Santragachi Area” Book Review: This book is for the researchers and the developers in the field of pharmacy, ethno-medicine and biodiversity assessment. This book provides information about the medical plants found in Santragachi, Howrah, West Bengal. This book briefs us about the medical plant diversity and its uses.

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8. “Plant Diversity Status of the Kromme Peatland, E/Cape, South Africa” by Nsor Collins Ayine

“Plant Diversity Status of the Kromme Peatland, E/Cape, South Africa” Book Review: This book is for the researchers and the developers in the field of biodiversity assessment. This book gives an analysis report of plant diversity done by Shannon-Wiener index. It has information of the Kromme River peatland in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

9. “Plant Diversity Under the Canopy of Tree Plantation of Wondo Genet” by Abdella Gure (Phd) and Frew Behabtu

“Plant Diversity Under the Canopy of Tree Plantation of Wondo Genet” Book Review: This book is for the students of plant diversity. This book gives us the result of the experiment done on species to gain knowledge. This book gives the reason to study the effect of overstorey species, age, and density of the different plantations. And the species were Cupressus lusitanica, Eucalyptus grandis, Grevillea robusta and Juniperus excelsa.

10. “Demons in Eden – The Paradox of Plant Diversity” by Jonathan Silvertown

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“Demons in Eden – The Paradox of Plant Diversity” Book Review: This book is for individuals interested in plants and the environment. This book contains principles of Darwin’s theory. This book says human kind is the biggest threat to the environment. It also lists the names of some of the greenest places in the world which are: the verdant climes of Japan, the lush grounds of the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the shallow wetlands and teeming freshwaters of Florida, the tropical rainforests of southeast Mexico and the Canary Islands archipelago.


2. Advance Plant Physiology

1. “Advanced Microscopy in Mycology (Fungal Biology)” by Tanya E S Dahms and Kirk J Czymmek

“Advanced Microscopy in Mycology (Fungal Biology)” Book Review: The book describes various new microscopic methods, used in mycology. It discusses each microscopic method along with its advantages and limitations. The book also gives principles of these methods. This book explains confocal principle, confocal laser scanning microscopy and its applications to fungal biology.

2. “Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology: Advanced Management Principles (Modular Texts)” by Gregory E Bell

“Turfgrass Physiology and Ecology: Advanced Management Principles (Modular Texts)” Book Review: This book gives details of physiological needs of turfgrass plants. The book explains the management techniques of turfgrass. It provides various methods to manage turfgrass under both normal and less than optimum conditions.

3. “Plant Physiology: The Structure of Plants Explained (Studymates in Focus)” by Dr Graham Lawler and Edwin Oxlade
4. “Plant Science: Biology Advanced Studies” by Dennis Hill-Cottingham and Pat Hill-Cottingham

“Plant Science: Biology Advanced Studies” Book Review: The book will be a suitable text for students of biology. It describes various social, economic and environmental aspects of plant biology. The book explains plant biology with the help of real-life cases. It provides various questions for better understanding of the topic.

5. “Plant Physiology” by Annie Ragland and Rajakumar

“Plant Physiology” Book Review: The book describes the plant cell and soil-water relations of plants. It explains concepts of transpiration, photosynthesis, translocation of organic solutes and photomorphogenesis. The book discusses nitrogen metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and lipid metabolism. The book gives details of plant growth, plant movement and plant rhythms. It contains physiology of flowering, physiology of fruit ripening and physiology of aging in plants. It explains dormancy and germination of seeds. This book also provides laboratory techniques.

6. “Plant Physiology” by Salisbury and Ross

“Plant Physiology” Book Review: The book contains information about plant cells in detail. It discusses the physical processes of plant physiology. It describes the metabolism and biochemistry of plants. The growth and development of plants is also explained in the book. The book gives details of the function of plants according to the environment.

7. “Objective Plant Physiology ( MCQ in Plant Physiology )” by Prasann Kumar and Dwivedi
8. “Plant Physiology” by S N Pandey and B K Sinha

“Plant Physiology” Book Review: The book is especially beneficial for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for anyone preparing for competitive exams like IAS, PCS and medical entrance exams. It provides a theoretical and practical approach to plant physiology. The book explains the concept of photosynthesis, photorespiration, photomorphogenesis and photobiology. It explains the role of plant physiology in agriculture. This book contains information about plant growth regulators and biological clocks. The book discusses calmodulin, cryptochrome, CAMP and signal transduction mechanism. It provides clear illustrations for better understanding of the topic.

9. “A Textbook of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology” by Mohit Verma and S K Verma

“A Textbook of Plant Physiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology” Book Review: The book can be referred by undergraduate students and for anyone preparing for competitive exams. It contains diagrams, pictures and tables for better understanding of the topic. The book explains osmotic relations of plant cells, translocation and storage of food in plants, dormancy of seeds, and metabolism of growth. It gives the concepts of transpiration, photosynthesis, respiration, photoperiodism, photomorphogenesis and vernalization. It discusses the metabolism and biochemistry of nitrogen, nucleic acids, amino acids, proteins, lipids and carbohydrates. The book contains information about bio-energetics, biological oxidation and reduction. It also discusses genetic engineering and biotechnology.

10. “Plant Physiology : Vol : 3” by TAIZ & ZEIGER


3. Classification of Animal Kingdom and Plant Kingdom

1. “The Plant Kingdom: A Guide to Plant Classification and Biodiversity” by Theresa Greenaway

“The Plant Kingdom: A Guide to Plant Classification and Biodiversity” Book Review: This book educates the reader on basic concepts in the plant kingdom. It describes the life forms that make up the plant kingdom. It lists the characteristics that the life forms have in common. It also lists the differences between the life forms and also the various concepts that make them different. It describes the techniques scientists use to classify plants. It is written in a beginner-friendly style so children would be able to understand the concepts in the book.

2. “Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth” by Rochelle Strauss and Margot Thompson

“Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth” Book Review: This book is designed to teach children about their environment and how to take care of it. It educates the reader on the whole lot of life forms in the world. It is a well-illustrated book. It is written in a child-friendly style, so children can understand the major concepts in the book. It provides an introduction to biodiversity. The reader gets to learn about how living things are classified into five kingdoms. The book also shows how living things affect their environment.

3. “Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees and Other Flowering Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” by Steve Parker

“Sunflowers, Magnolia Trees and Other Flowering Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” Book Review: This book describes the different parts of flowering plants with very clear and well labelled diagrams. Many plants are listed with diagrams showing the parts of flowers with clear labels and these parts are explained in detail.The life cycle of flowering plants are well explained in the book.The natural environments of the plants are identified and they are classified based on the type of climate they exist in. The possible uses of plants and also the way they have been used are all explained. The attempts that have been made to conserve plants are included in the book.

4. “Redwoods, Hemlocks and Other Cone-Bearing Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” by Steve Parker

“Redwoods, Hemlocks and Other Cone-Bearing Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” Book Review: This book describes how conifers grow, their parts and the various types of conifers based on the climate they grow in. It describes the reproductive processes of the conifer and how it gets its energy. It talks about the ecological importance of conifers and how they are used. It also lists the ways people have used them and the attempts that have been made to conserve them. Readers are introduced to some other plants like the mighty redwoods and the sharp needled spruces.

5. “Ferns, Mosses and Other Spore-Producing Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” by Steve Parker

“Ferns, Mosses and Other Spore-Producing Plants (Kingdom Classifications)” Book Review: This book educates the reader on how spore-producing plants grow and reproduce, the various types, their environment, their life cycles, and how they are used. It introduces readers to plants like hornworts and tree ferns. It also studies how these plants get energy and reproduce and how they evolved from prehistoric plants. It also looks at how people use spore producing plants for food, decoration, and even medicine.

6. “The Vegetable Kingdom Volume 1-2; Or, the Structure, Classification, and Uses of Plants. Illustrated Upon the Natural System” by John Lindley

“The Vegetable Kingdom Volume 1-2; Or, the Structure, Classification, and Uses of Plants. Illustrated Upon the Natural System” Book Review: This book teaches the reader about different vegetables. It expounds on their various structures and their modes of classification. It also describes the different uses of the vegetables. The natural environment of these vegetables are listed and the climates they thrive in are also included. The botanical names of the vegetables are stated in the book so readers can learn to identify the vegetables and their botanical names.


4. Inducible Gene Expression in Plants

1. “Inducible Gene Expression in Plants (Cabi)” by Paul Reynolds
2. “Stress-Inducible Processes in Higher Eukaryotic Cells” by Thomas M Koval

“Stress-Inducible Processes in Higher Eukaryotic Cells” Book Review: This book is written for scientists researching eukaryotic cells and for people who are interested in learning about this topic. This book includes the most recent information eukaryotic systems ranging from plants to humans. The author unifies the concepts and hypotheses for better understanding. This book also examines the similarities among inducible responses initiated by a variety of agents.

3. “Construction of a High-Throughput Vector for Inducible Gene Suppression in Plants and Its Application in Control of Flowering Time” by Nai Wang
4. “Characterization and Expression of Abscisic Acid Inducible Gene(s)” by Abou Ali Rania M I and Bahieldin Ahmed

“Characterization and Expression of Abscisic Acid Inducible Gene(s)” Book Review: This book is written for scientists researching abscisic acid inducible genes and for people who are interested in learning about this topic. This will contain information that will help the reader understand the molecular mechanism of ABA and the elucidation of the biochemical changes at a molecular level. It also contains information about the possible usage of the identified stress gene to improve the stress (abiotic and/or biotic) tolerance of economic crops by gene manipulation.

5. “Inducible Gene Expression, Volume 1: Environmental Stresses and Nutrients (Progress in Gene Expression)” by P A Baeuerle
6. “Stress-Inducible Cellular Responses (Experientia Supplementum)” by Barbara Polla and R I Morimoto
7. “Inducible Regulation of Gastrin Gene Expression During Helicobacter Pylori Infection” by Tamara L Tucker
8. “Ecdysone: From Metabolism to Regulation of Gene Expression” by Mary Bownes

“Ecdysone: From Metabolism to Regulation of Gene Expression” Book Review: This book is written for people enrolled in courses that teach biology and people who are interested in learning about gene expression. This book presents papers from the Seventh Ecdysone Workshop held in Edinburgh, UK from March 31 to April 3, 1985. Topics like biosynthesis, distribution, and metabolism of ecdysteroids are elaborately explained in this book. Other topics like the ecdysteroid action and hormone receptors and the ecdysone inducible genes are also included. The author also provides information on hormone and oogenesis and the interactions with other hormones. This book also contains practical applications of ecdysteroid studies.

9. “Developmental Regulation of Plant Gene Expression (Plant Biotechnology Series)” by Don Grierson

“Developmental Regulation of Plant Gene Expression (Plant Biotechnology Series)” Book Review: This book is written for people enrolled in courses that teach biology and people who are interested in learning about plant gene expression. This book contains information about the molecular basis of plant growth and development. The author also talks about the ability to generate a fivefold change in plant height by overexpression of a single gene. Reviews about our progress in our understanding of the molecular basis of hormone are also included. Topics like tuber development, seed protein synthesis and deposition, fruit ripening, and self-recognition during pollination are elaborately explained in this book.

10. “Regulation of Gene Expression in Plants: The Role of Transcript Structure and Processing” by Carole L Bassett

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