The Incredible Journey Of Plants

byStefano MancusoTranslated byGregory Conti

March 24, 2020|
The Incredible Journey Of Plants by Stefano Mancuso
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Named a Best Book of the Year for the Know-It-All by The Globe and Mail 

In this richly illustrated volume, a leading neurobiologist presents fascinating stories of plant migration that reveal unexpected connections between nature and culture.


When we talk about migrations, we should study plants to understand that these phenomena are unstoppable. In the many different ways plants move, we can see the incessant action and drive to spread life that has led plants to colonize every possible environment on earth. The history of this relentless expansion is unknown to most people, but we can begin our exploration with these surprising tales, engagingly told by Stefano Mancuso.

Generation after generation, using spores, seeds, or any other means available, plants move in the world to conquer new spaces. They release huge quantities of spores that can be transported thousands of miles. The number and variety of tools through which seeds spread is astonishing: we have seeds dispersed by wind, by rolling on the ground, by animals, by water, or by a simple fall from the plant, which can happen thanks to propulsive mechanisms, the swaying of the mother plant, the drying of the fruit, and much more.

In this accessible, absorbing overview, Mancuso considers how plants convince animals to transport them around the world, and how some plants need particular animals to spread; how they have been able to grow in places so inaccessible and inhospitable as to remain isolated; how they resisted the atomic bomb and the Chernobyl disaster; how they are able to bring life to sterile islands; how they can travel through the ages, as they sail around the world.
Stefano Mancuso is one of the world''s leading authorities in the field of plant neurobiology, which explores signaling and communication at all levels of biological organization. He is a professor at the University of Florence and has published more than 250 scientific papers in international journals. His previous books include&...
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Title:The Incredible Journey Of Plants
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:176 pages, 9.36 X 6.24 X 0.73 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 9.36 X 6.24 X 0.73 in
Published:March 24, 2020
Publisher:Other Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781635429916

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