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The Chemistry of Plant Life   By: (1872-1933)

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AGRICULTURAL AND BIOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS

CHARLES V. PIPER, CONSULTING EDITOR

THE CHEMISTRY OF PLANT LIFE

McGraw Hill Book Co. Inc. PUBLISHERS OF BOOKS FOR Coal Age Electrical Railway Journal Electrical World Engineering News Record American Machinist Ingenieria Internacional Engineering & Mining Journal Power Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering Electrical Merchandising

THE CHEMISTRY OF PLANT LIFE

BY

ROSCOE W. THATCHER, M.A., D.AGR.

DEAN OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

AND DIRECTOR OF THE AGRICULTURAL EXPERIMENT STATIONS.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

(FORMERLY PROFESSOR OF PLANT CHEMISTRY. UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA)

FIRST EDITION

SECOND IMPRESSION

MCGRAW HILL BOOK COMPANY, INC.

NEW YORK: 370 SEVENTH AVENUE

LONDON: 6 & 8 BOUVERIE ST., E. C. 4

1921

COPYRIGHT 1921; BY THE McGRAW HILL BOOK COMPANY, INC.

PREFACE

The author has had in mind a two fold purpose in the preparation of this book. First, it is hoped that it may serve as a text or reference book for collegiate students of plant science who are seeking a proper foundation upon which to build a scientific knowledge of how plants grow. The late Dr. Charles E. Bessey, to whom I owe the beginning of my interest in plant life, once said to me: "The trouble with our present knowledge of plant science is that we have had very few chemists who knew any botany, and no botanists who knew any chemistry." This may have been a slightly exaggerated statement, even when it was made, several years ago. But it indicated a very clear recognition by this eminent student of plants of the need for a better knowledge of the chemistry of plant cell activities as a proper foundation for a satisfactory knowledge of the course and results of plant protoplasmic activities. It is hoped that the present work may contribute something toward this desired end.

Second, the purpose of the writer will not have been fully accomplished unless the book shall serve also as a stimulus to further study in a fascinating field. Even the most casual perusal of many of its chapters cannot fail to make clear how incomplete is our present knowledge of the chemical changes by which the plant cell performs many of the processes which result in the production of so many substances which are vital to the comfort and pleasure of human life. Studies of the chemistry of animal life have resulted in many discoveries of utmost importance to human life and health. It requires no great stretch of the imagination to conceive that similar studies of plant life might result in similar or even greater benefit to human life, or society, since it is upon the results of plant growth that we are dependent for most of our food, clothing, and fuel, as well as for many of the luxuries of life... Continue reading book >>




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