Brown, L. V. Applied Principles of Horticultural Science. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996. Presents detailed practical exercises for horticulture students with no previous knowledge of science, supported by brief summaries of basic principles. Includes sections on plant science, soil science, and pests and disease.
Campbell, Neil A., and Jane B. Reece. Biology. 6th ed. San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings, 2002. Introductory textbook written for the biology major provides an excellent discussion of the biology associated with plant reproduction. Offers superb graphics, lists of suggested readings, and a glossary.
Chrispeels, M. J., and D. E. Sadava. Plants, Genes, and Agriculture. Boston: Jones and Bartlett, 1994. A treatise on the use of biotechnology in crop production. Contains sections related to the use of biotechnology to transfer resistance to susceptible plants. Although an advanced text, the book provides much of interest to the general reader. The well-illustrated text offers a supplemental reading list.
Janick, Jules. Horticulture Science. 4th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 1999. This text, intended for the beginning horticulture students, contains sections on horticultural biology, environment, technology, and industry. Covers the fundamentals associated with the production of high-yield crops. Well illustrated; includes references.
Lurquin, Paul F. The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants. New York: Columbia University Press, 2001. History of the field gives equal weight to the science behind developing improved crop strains and the multinational corporations marketing the results.
Metcalfe, D. S., and D. M. Elkins. Crop Production: Principles and Practices. 4th ed. New York: Macmillan, 1980. This text for the introductory agriculture student is one of the most valuable sources available on the practical aspects of high-yield crop production. Well illustrated; includes references and glossary.
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