Top 2016 Botany Books

These are my top twenty botany books published in 2016. It’s a very varied list, covering such diverse topics as pharmaceutical plants, cultural histories, plant evolution, and much more. YMMV, and they are not ranked in any way. Included is the text blurb; personal review available on request! Want more …

Top 2015 Popular Botany Books

These are my top 5 popular botany books for 2015. Featured this year is an award-winning book on seeds, palaeobotany, and the history of botany. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Hidden Natural Histories: Trees by Noel Kingsbury [University Of Chicago Press, …

Top 2015 Academic Botany Books

These are my top 5 academic botany books for 2015. Strongly featured this year are books on photosynthesis, including history of research into it, and all manner of physiological topics, from defence to communication. Personal reviews available on request! See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here! Plant Physiology …

Do figs contain wasps?

Yes, some figs will contain wasp eggs/larvae/pupae, depending on the time of the year and where you live. The adults do not stay in the fig though. But unless you’re blind or distracted while eating, you’ll notice if something is wrong – the fig will be thinner and, well, there are animals …

C4 Photosynthesis

C4 plants are plants that undergo a specialised extrametabolic pathway, the C4 cycle, in which CO2 is transferred from mesophyll cells to a special ring of bundle sheath cells by a pump. CO2 gets dissolved by carbonic anhydrase, forming bicarbonate, which is then fixed with phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase into C4 oxaloacetic …