By Rodney Beecher Harvey, Head of the Section of Plant Physiology, Division of Plant Physiology and Botany, Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station. Cloth. Price, $6. Pp. 413, with 119 illustrations. New York: Century Company, 1930.
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This treatise is a welcome addition to the sparse textbook literature in English on the physiologic chemistry of plants. As physiologic chemistry was some decades ago, plant physiology is the inheritor of information from many cognate fields. As physiologic chemistry adapted to the study of the chemical processes of the physiology of the human mechanism the information of the several related fields, so plant physiology is adapting such cognate knowledge to the study of the chemical phenomena in the realm of plants and is rapidly becoming an independent field of scientific discipline. To the English reading student the book will be welcome, for it now makes available in more than elementary form the many divisions of the subject between two covers, including the mechanism of the transformation of materials in plants, general metabolism, carbohydrates, fats, lipids and waxes, photosynthesis, and respiration. The subject is treated from the point of view
Plant Physiological Chemistry.. JAMA. 1931;96(4):293. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720300063035