Mango In Defense of Plants
Mango In Defense of Plants

In Defense of Plants

By Matt Candeias


Publication Date: February 16, 2021

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In Defense of Plants will be a celebration of plants as living, breathing organisms fighting for survival on planet Earth. Plants don't really have a voice in today's busy world. The few plants that do get any attention are those that we humans have some use for. Whether for economic gain or some sort of purported medicinal benefit, we only seem to care what plants can do for us. Written by internationally recognized podcaster and blogger, Matt Candeias, In Defense of Plants will aim to inspire readers to look at plants in a whole new light. Instead of thinking about what plants can do for us, In Defense of Plants will focus on the incredible ways in which plants live, fight, have sex, and conquer new territory. Readers will quickly realize that plants aren’t static backdrops to more charismatic life forms like big cats and primates. They will learn the most valuable lesson in nature: that plants are active players in the drama that is life.

The Study of Plants in a Whole New Light

“Matt Candeias succeeds in evoking the wonder of plants with wit and wisdom.” ―James T. Costa, PhD, executive director, Highlands Biological Station and author of Darwin's Backyard#1 New Release in Nature & Ecology, Plants, Botany, Horticulture, and TreesIn his debut book, internationally-recognized blogger and podcaster Matt Candeias celebrates the nature of plants and the extraordinary world of plant organisms.A botanist’s defense. Since his early days of plant restoration, this amateur plant scientist has been enchanted with flora and the greater environmental ecology of the planet. Now, he looks at the study of plants through the lens of his ever-growing houseplant collection. Using gardening, houseplants, and examples of plants around you, In Defense of Plants changes your relationship with the world from the comfort of your windowsill.The ruthless, horny, and wonderful nature of plants. Understand how plants evolve and live on Earth with a never-before-seen look into their daily drama. Inside, Candeias explores the incredible ways plants live, fight, have sex, and conquer new territory. Whether a blossoming botanist or a professional plant scientist, In Defense of Plants is for anyone who sees plants as more than just static backdrops to more charismatic life forms.In this easily accessible introduction to the incredible world of plants, you’ll find:Fantastic botanical histories and plant symbolismPassionate stories of flora diversity and scientific names of plant organismsPersonal tales of plantsman discovery through the study of plants

If you enjoyed books like The Botany of Desire, What a Plant Knows, or The Soul of an Octopus, then you’ll love In Defense of Plants.

About the Author

Matt Candeias holds an M.A. in community ecology from SUNY Buffalo State and a PhD in ecology from the University of Illinois. He is the host of the In Defense of Plants Podcast and one of seven authors on Flora: Inside the secret world of plants, a joint publication between the Smithsonian and the Royal Botanical Gargens at Kew. When he's not tending to his houseplants, find him at yearly botanical talks in garden groups, museums, clubs, and more.

Format: Hardcover Paper over boards

Length: 280 pages

Publisher: Mango

Publication Date: February 16, 2021

ISBN: 9781642504538

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