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Seeds : time capsules of life
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Presents a collection of photographs, obtained through scanning electron photomicroscopy, along with information on the evolutionary adaptations of seeds throughout history. - (Baker & Taylor)

More than just beautiful photographs (and they are), this volume contains a thorough introduction to the world of seeds, with descriptions of the peculiarities of different types as part of the larger discussion about seeds, their botany, evolution, dispersal. Chapters are included on flowers and on the Millennium Seed Bank, at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew (where Stuppy is a seed morphologist). The remarkable color photos of the seeds, many of them at the micro level, are impressively displayed in the book's large scale format (11.25x12.5"). Kesseler teaches at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK. The volume is published in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( - (Book News)

A remarkable collaboration of art and science celebrating the diversity of seeds.

An orchid seed may be minuscule, so small and light that one gram contains more than 7.5 million seeds. In contrast, a single-seeded Seychelles seed is a nut weighing up to 20 pounds. All seeds have the same purpose -- to travel through time and space until they reach the right place at the right moment to create a new plant.

This large-format book melds art and science in an authoritative examination of the design and function of seeds. Special light and scanning electron microscopy are used to obtain astonishing images of diverse seeds at various states of maturity. Pods, pouches, keys, nuts and other vehicles of dispersal are explained and illustrated.

These time capsules of life for plants familiar and strange are presented in minute, beautiful detail. Microphotographs of the tiniest seeds and extraordinarily detailed cutaway images of larger seeds are combined with text that explains the formation and maturation of seeds and describes how they find their way to becoming a copy of the parent plant. Literary references to plant reproduction are featured as well, along with early botanical illustrations.

Authoritative and richly illustrated, Seeds offers a fascinating and intimate look at the remarkable reproductive process of plants.

- (Firefly Books Ltd)

A beautiful illustrated guide to seeds that covers the internal and external structure of seeds, pollination and germination, and includes photographs, illustrations and electron microscopy images. The authors are an artist and a plant scientist. - (Firefly Books Ltd)


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