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Around the World in 80 Plants

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The author’s light touch in explaining scientific facts makes the text easier reading for the uninitiated and his sense of humour had me chuckling at times without lessening the underlying conservation message on the role and importance of plants in the survival of ourselves and our planet. Lucille Clerc's astonishingly beautiful, vibrantly coloured illustrations are an absolute delight, summing up the key points about each plant perfectly - you will find humour in these too.

Ultimately, it was informative and fun at times, but I felt it lacked the focus of Around the World in 80 Trees, which I loved. No plant, nor animals or any other living thing on earth, exist solely for our benefit, and thus we have to treat them with due respect. La capacita dell'autore di rendere fruibile una materia cosi di nicchia come quella della botanica è davvero impressionante, tanto da farmi consigliare questo libro anche a chi come me non è appassionato ad un mondo cosi vasto come quello delle piante, che richiede una nozione di base scientifica appartenente solo a chi ha affrontato un certo percorso di studi. If you think you know about the humble potato (Drori's paragraph on our Great Famine is admirably balanced) or tomato or nettle or dandelion, you'll learn still more here, while also learning about exotica such as mandrake and carnivorous plants. It is full of shafts of knowledge that give fresh insight into our relationship with plants from around the world.Her work is mainly handcrafted from drawing to screenprinting which allows her to create large scale compositions, architectural portraits of her favourite places and exploring their past and present lives. I could go into detail about several of them but this is a book in which every page needs to be investigated, read, digested and considered. Interestingly, every plant has its own character: some like to cooperate with animals or other plants to benefit (birds spreading seeds, for example), while others lie and cheat. Op haar kleurrijke prenten, soms paginagroot, zie je zowel het geheel als knappe details van de betreffende planten.

Random facts can be fun, but not when there is a lot of anthropomorphisms going around, misunderstandings of science and especially ecology, biogeography, and morphology. If you are a botanist, or someone that is interested in the science of botany, then I suggest to pick up a different book. Once again, the production quality of this book is astounding and impressive (immediately noticeable are the thick pages) and wonderful illustrations that show the full plant, details and a bit of its surroundings either on one page or on a double-spread. usare Folio di Ticino — «использовать касторовое масло» — по-прежнему означает там «принуждать» и «мучить». I remember times when arrogant humans claimed animals couldn't feel like we do or when vegetarians assured everyone else that eating fish is alright since they aren't "real" animals much like vegans still claim that eating insects is alright for the same reason.Yes, the factual science portion is in here, complete with Latin names and etymology and words like "stamen" and "inflorescence" and even the occasional "secretions. In this, Jonathan Drori has written another remarkable book and distilled fascinating content into each two-page exposé. Soybeans are one of the most nutritious plant foods, rich in edible oil and, even by the standards of legumes, an excellent source of protein, although they are not to be eaten raw, as they contain substances that interfere with our digestion.

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