Biology is designed for multi-semester biology courses for science majors. It is grounded on an evolutionary basis and includes exciting features that highlight careers in the biological sciences and everyday applications of the concepts at hand. To meet the needs of today’s instructors and students, some content has been strategically condensed while maintaining the overall scope and coverage of traditional texts for this course. Instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom. Biology also includes an innovative art program that incorporates critical thinking and clicker questions to help students understand—and apply—key concepts.
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain why angiosperms are the dominant form of plant life in most terrestrial ecosystemsDescribe the main parts of a flower and their purposeDetail the life cycle of an angiospermDiscuss the two main groups of flowering plants
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain when seed plants first appeared and when gymnosperms became the dominant plant groupDescribe the two major innovations that allowed seed plants to reproduce in the absence of waterDiscuss the purpose of pollen grains and seedsDescribe the significance of angiosperms bearing both flowers and fruit
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Discuss the type of seeds produced by gymnosperms, as well as other characteristics of gymnospermsState which period saw the first appearance of gymnosperms and explain when they were the dominant plant lifeList the four groups of modern-day gymnosperms and provide examples of each
By the end of this section, you will be able to:Explain how angiosperm diversity is due, in part, to multiple interactions with animalsDescribe ways in which pollination occursDiscuss the roles that plants play in ecosystems and how deforestation threatens plant biodiversity