Plant Conservation : why it matters and how it works

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
July 30, 2014

Plant Conservation : why it matters and how it works

Plant conservation : why it matters and how it works

Plant Conservation : why it matters and how it works
by Timothy Walker

Plants’ ability to turn sunlight into energy makes them the basis for all life on Earth; without them, there is no life. And they are more than just a food source—they provide us with fuel, fibers, and pharmaceuticals. Global warming and the destruction of natural habitats are a serious threat to many plants, and there are worldwide efforts to mitigate this impending disaster. Plant Conservation tackles this essential topic head on.

Timothy Walker, director of the Oxford Botanical Garden—a leader in the field of plant conservation—plays a key role in this effort. He highlights what is happening now, from cataloging the world’s flora to conservation efforts like protecting plants from over-collecting. He also shows home gardeners how they can become involved, whether by growing their own food to decrease reliance on large agriculture or by making smart plant choices by growing natives and avoiding invasives. Plant Conservation treats a critical topic in an accessible and optimistic way. It is required reading for students, professionals, and anyone with a keen interest in the importance of plants.

Plant Conservation is included in our New Books List for July 30, 2014.

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