Table of contents for In praise of plants / Francis Hall‚e ; translated and with a foreword by David Lee.


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Foreword by David Lee
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1 Plants, Animals, and Humans
 Who Cares About Palms?
 Are Plants Alive?
 Contemplating Our Navel
 A Bias Bordering on Injustice
 The Garden and the Peasant
 The Sorcery of Omnipresence
 And the Disadvantage of Otherness
 A Bit of Psychology
 Comparing Plants and Animals
Chapter 2 A Visit to the Landscape of Form
 Whence Form?
 Capturing Energy
 Plants, Vast Fixed Surfaces
 Animals, Small Mobile Volumes
 With Vast Internal Surfaces
 Consequences of Growth
 The Structure of Space
 The Scale of Natural Phenomena
 Relationship Between Form and Space
 Changing the Scale
 One Polarity and Radial Symmetry: Plants
 Two Polarities and Bilateral Symmetry: Animals
 And Monsters?
 What Is an Embryo
 Homeotic Genes
 Animal Eggs, Plant Eggs
 Animals Are Strange
 Hormones



 The Action of Light Remains a Mystery
 The Miniature Model Versus the Sample
 Closed and Open Development
 Storieg of Trees
 Fixed but Not Immobile
 The Time Scale for Plants
 Movement and Growth
 What Do the Poets Think?
 Individuals or Colonies?
 The Discovery of Reiteration
 What Is an Individual?
 Is a Tree an Individual?
 Potentially Immortal Beings
 Two Ways of Dying
Chapter 3 The Cell
 Characteristics of the Eukaryotic Cell
 Differences in Structure
 One Cell Within Another
 Differences in Function
 Where the Horticulturist Precedes the Biologist
 Foreshadowing at the Cellular Level
Chapter 4 Plant Biochemistry in a Nutshell
 The Silhouette, Cellulose or Protein
 A Regrettable Inelegance
 A Look at the Krebs Cycle
 Biochemistry for Normal Life
 Biochemistry for Relief
 An Altruistic Tree
 A Butterfly That Remembers Shapes
 Biochemistry to Take Advantage of Animal Mobility
 Are Animals Manipulated by Plants?
 A Pinnacle of Beauty
 Nauseating Flowers
 Copulating Flowers and Animals
Chapter 5 Evolution
 Do Plants and Animals Evolve the Same Way?
 One Plant, Two Generations
 Parasitic Reduction in the Haploid Generation
 One Animal, One Generation
 Soma and Germ
 Do Plants Have a Germ Line?
 The Plasticity of Organisms



 Who Wins the Prize for Plasticity?
 Genomic Plasticity
 Generators of Genetic Diversity
 Tissue Culture
 Hybrids Between Species
 Genetic Diversity Within the Plant
 The Strangler Figs of Lake Gatin
 Sorting Mechanisms
 Predatory Action
 What Does Plant Sexuality Mean?
 What Causes Genetic Diversity Within a Plant?
 The Vertebrate Immune System
 Stationary Lives and Genetic Diversity
 Resistance of Biologists to a Genetics Unique to Plants
 Darwin or Lamarck?
 Are Bacteria Lamarckian?
 How Weeds Defend Themselves Against Herbicides
 Must We Choose Between Darwin and Lamarck?
 Geographic Convergence
 Divaricating Plants of New Zealand
 The Beeches of Verzy
 Mimes and Mimicry
 Two Different Classifications
Chapter 6 Of OtherLiving Beings
 Fungi
 Trees and Corals
 Coral Architecture
 Returning to the Idea of the Individual
 Concerning Plasticity
 Reticulate Evolution
 The Forest and the Reef
 How to Live Fixed in Place
 Plants and Insect Societies
 Evolution of Behavior or of Form?
 Looking for Analogues
 Is a Plant a Crystal?
 Immanence and Transcendence
Chapter 7 Ecology
 Give Plants Their Due
 Nutrition and Biological Types
 Ambiguity in the Relationship Between Eater and
 the Eaten
 Climates and Landscapes



 Who Needs the Other Most?
 Noah's Two Arks
 Epilogue
 What Do We Recognize as Success?
 In Praise of Plants
 Dispersion or Concentration
 Are Plants Persons?
 The Two Faces of Botany
References