Plants in Action was written by plant scientists from Australia and New Zealand as a plant biology book for senior undergraduates and a resource for postgraduates and early-career research scientists.
From September 2010, the first edition of Plants in Action is republished as an electronic text book. It is open access and downloads are free.
The next stage will be the complete revision of the book, with completion expected by late 2014 or early 2015. It will be a fully edited and peer-reviewed wiki. Comments and volunteer contributions are welcome. These can be made by contacting the editorial team listed on the home page of Plants in Action2
Open access web resources are transforming education, and Plants in Action was one of the first plant science textbook contributing to this unrestricted sharing of scientific knowledge. This first stage of the Plants in Action web project is made possible by generous sponsorship of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the University of Queensland.
The new edition (in progress) will be a fully edited and peer-reviewed wiki, with a discussion and comments page for each chapter. The overall structure of the first edition Plants in Action will remain. Additional chapters will also be added, including on pathogen resistance mechanisms and emerging issues of global resources and climate change. Examples and case studies will be extended from the Australasian region to also include some from Asia and Africa.
Six chapters of the new edition have been completed, with others to appear soon. The link to the new edition (in progress) is:
History of Plants in Action
Plants in Action: Adaptation in Nature — Performance in Cultivation was edited by Brian Atwell, Paul Kriedemann & Colin Turnbull. This was written and edited by members of the Australian and New Zealand societies of plant sciences. This textbook was published in 1999 by Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd, and won the Australian Publishers Award for the best tertiary textbook for 1999 in competition with all other tertiary texts published in Australia that year.
Plants in Action explores the principles underlying plant biology in natural and managed communities throughout Australasia. By providing up-to-date and useful perspectives on plant science, this book appeals to upper level undergraduates in tertiary institutes where plant physiology forms part of a degree in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences. Postgraduate students as well as professional plant scientists will also find much useful source material in this textbook that is richly illustrated with original data.