The Physiology of Plants: A Treatise upon the Metabolism and Sources of Energy in Plants. Translated and edited by Alfred J. Ewart.

By: PFEFFER, Wilhelm (1845-1920).

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3 volumes. 8vo. xii, 632; viii, 296; viii, 451, [1] pp. Indices, 70; 31; 70 figures; Vol. II free end-papers and pastedowns foxed. Original quarter gilt-stamped dark brown morocco over dark green, Vol. II in all gilt-stamped dark green cloth; corners bumped, extremities lightly rubbed, Vol. I spine faded. Ownership signature of J.R. Furr. Very good. Second, fully revised edition of Pfeffer's ground-breaking work on plant physiology. "It was Julius Sachs, the acknowledged founder of plant physiology, who showed Pfeffer the path to physiology. At the instigation of Sachs, Pfeffer undertook his first, purely physiological investigation, which dealt with the effect of different colours of light on the assimilation of carbon dioxide (1871c). In the end, Pfeffer went further than Sachs. Sachs treated plant physiology as an area of botany which had been neglected up to this point. He introduced the use of hydroponics, and he dealt with the physiology of germination, of roots, of stimulation, and with photosynthesis. He thus gave a significant impetus to the further research of these processes. These phenomena were also of interest to Pfeffer, but to him, they were primarily keys to the solution of general problems of biology. It may be said of Sachs and of many other outstanding biologists that they investigated separate subject areas with success. At the risk of oversimplification, it may be said of Pfeffer that he investigated diverse areas with the objective of finding as many starting points as possible to penetrate the molecular foundations of life's processes" (Bunning, pp. 18-19). PROVENANCE: Joseph R. Furr was an American botanist who won the American Pomological Society's Wilder Medal in 1970 for "breeding and water relations of citrus" (American Pomological Society). He was also superintendent of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's experimental Date and Citrus Station in Indio, CA. "In 1946 Dr. Joseph R. Furr was transferred from Florida to Indio as station superintendent. He served until his retirement in 1970. He had worked on apples in Maryland and citrus in California and Florida. With increased interest in citrus production resulting from the delivery of Colorado River water to the Coachella Valley in 1948-50 much of the station's work was shifted to citrus problems. In 1948 breeding programs with both dates and citrus were begun in cooperation with the Southwestern Irrigation Field Station in Brawley. Several years later investigations of diseases and salt tolerance of citrus and dates were undertaken and there were continuing studies of nitrogen fertilization, water requirements, pollen physiology and the influence of crop load on alternate bearing. The work on breeding and testing citrus varieties and rootstocks was done in cooperation with the USDA laboratories at Orlando, Florida and Weslaco, Texas and the University of California, Riverside" (Coachella Valley Historical Society). American Pomological Society, "The Wilder Medal," available on-line; Bunning, Erwin, Ahead of His Time, Wilhelm Pfeffer: Early Advances in Plant Biology, Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989; Coachella Valley Historical Society, "The Story of Dates," 2007, available on-line. Extra portage will apply.

Title: The Physiology of Plants: A Treatise upon the Metabolism and Sources of Energy in Plants. Translated and edited by Alfred J. Ewart.

Author Name: PFEFFER, Wilhelm (1845-1920).

Categories: Botany,

Publisher: Oxford:, Clarendon Press, 1900-1906.: 1900

lbs: 3.00 lbs

Seller ID: S11806

Keywords: Botany