Plants In Action

Plants in Action is a plant physiology textbook written and published by the Australian Society of Plant Scientists, New Zealand Society of Plant Biologists, and New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science. This is a free, peer-reviewed on-line publication resource for plant science teaching and research.

Plants in Action explores the principles underlying plant biology in natural and managed communities. It is prepared for teaching and learning by higher level undergraduates in tertiary institutes. 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.

Plants in Action, 1st Edition. The entire text contains 20 chapters and 900 figures. The original hard copy edition was published by Macmillan in 1999, and the electronic version published by the plant science societies in 2010. Click here to go straight to the title page of Plants in Action, first edition. Alternate link here.

Plants in Action, 2nd Edition. A fully revised second edition is underway, and seven chapters have been revised and uploaded. These include the fundamental processes of photosynthesis, respiration, growth analysis, phloem transport, and fruit development. Chapters on environmental biology include effects of temperature and water logging on plant growth. Click here to go directly to the second edition or ASPS web page with web links to revised chapters and printable pdf’s.