The Survival Of Plants On Our Planet Is Nothing Short Of Miraculous They Are Virtually Stationary Packages Of Food, Providing Sustenance For A Vast Array Of Organisms, Ranging From Bacteria And Fungi, Through To Insects, And Even Other Plants But Plants Are Master Survivors, Having Coped With Changing Environments And Evolving Predators Over Much Of The History Of Life On Earth They Have Surveillance Systems And Defences That Would Put Most Modern Armies To Shame They Need To Have A Formidable Armoury, Because Their Enemies Have Sophisticated Weaponry Of Their Own In This Often Hostile World, Battles Are Fought Daily, Often To The Death These Battles Are Not Trivial They Matter, Because Life On This Fragile Planet Of Ours Depends On Plants In This Book Dale Walters Takes Readers On A Journey Through These Battlefields, Exploring How Predators Try To Fool Plants Surveillance Systems And, If They Manage To Do So, How They Gain Access To The Nourishment They Require Incredibly, Successful Attackers Can Manipulate Plant Function In Order To Suppress Any Attempt By The Plant To Mount Defensive Action, While At The Same Time Ensuring A Steady Supply Of Food For Their Own Survival Walters Shows How Plants Respond To Such Attacks, The Defences They Use, And How The Attacked Plant Can Communicate Its Plight To Its Neighbours These Skirmishes Represent The Latest Stage In An Unending Evolutionary War Between Plants And Organisms That Feed On Them These Battles Might Be On A Micro Scale, But They Are Every Bit As Fierce, Complicated, And Fascinating As The Battles Between Animal Predators And Prey Dale Walters makes use of an amusing fortress metaphor the plant is the fortress and bacteria, fungi, insects, vegetarians etc are the invaders to explore the large variety of methods stationary plants use to defend themselves from everything that want to eat them This book is divided into chapters on recognizing the enemy , alerting the plant of imminent invasion call to arms , the weapons of war, the variety of chemical compounds used to deter destroy invaders, aid from plant friends , and the never ending evolving arms race between plants and their enemies This book is written with the intelligent, intersted reader in mind not everything is over explained or simplified and there is a fair amount of botany and biochemistry involved However, I do not believe that there is anything particularly difficult to understand in this book provided the reader is paying attention and not expecting to breeze through the book I found this book very interesting, with a lovely writing style, juicy science stuff and no irrelevant biographical side tangents The multitude of photographs were also very useful.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Fortress Plant book, this is one of the most wanted Dale Walters author readers around the world.
- 320 pages
- Fortress Plant
- Dale Walters
- 25 August 2019 Dale Walters