Botany Online – The Internet Hypertextbook

Written by: Alisa Machalek, Alison Davis and Kirstie Saltsman

Originally written in German, Peter von Sengbusch’s 1989 textbook Botanik is the basis for Botany Online – The Internet Hypertextbook. His botany textbook is being translated into English and they are adding hundreds of colored illustrations and photos, animations and diagrams.

I’m not sure if the project has been somewhat abandoned – the original links back to the German text no longer work. However, educators, scholars and hobbiests worked together to translate the first 45 chapters. They had hoped to create the standard in American textbooks for botany.

Students should be aware that the CHIME Plugin is required to view some of the models. The pages load fine without it, you just won’t see those items. The Botany Online site has a non-working link to the plugin, I found it on the University of Massachusetts website and have included the link here for your convenience.

Table of Contents from Botany Textbook Originally by Peter von Sengbusch

Botany: The History of a Science
Ernst MAYR: The Autonomy of Biology
How to Identify Plants – Important Features of Flowering Plants
Anatomy of Cells and Tissues
Looking at the Structures of Cells and Tissues in the Microscope
Dermal Tissues, Parenchyma and Assimilation Tissues
Supporting Tissues – Vascular Tissues
A Short Introduction to the Principal Intracellular Structures
Classic Genetics
Classic Genetics: Mendel and Earlier Works
Cytology. Fertilization, Division of Cell and Nucleus, Chromosomes, Meiosis, The Chromosome Theory of Heredity (Part I)
A Closer Scrutiny on Mendelís Laws – Mutations
Chromosomes – The Chromosome Theory, Part II
Chromosomal Numbers. Translocations and their Consequences
The Behaviour of Genes in Populations: the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
The End of an Epoch – Prospects for New Developments
Cybernetics: Systems, Control, Information And Redundancy
Molecules and Molecular Reactions in Plant Cells
Ions and Small Molecules
Physical and Chemical Preconditions of Biochemical Reactions: Enzyme Catalysis
The Cell’s Basic Metabolism
The Secondary Metabolism of Plants: Secondary Defence Compounds
Molecular Genetics: The Genetic Code, Transcription, Translation (Protein Biosynthesis) and Replication*
Membranes: Diffusion, Permeability, Osmosis, Turgor, Active and Passive Transport*
Different Membranes – Compartments and Their Significance*
The Cytosceleton and Intracellular Movements*
The Cell Wall*
Intercellular Communication
Only a sub-topic on pattern formation appears to have been translated
Interactions between Cells*
Growth, Differentiation, Pattern Formation and Translocation
Protoplasts and Tissue Cultures as Models for the Study of Plant Development*
Plant Responses to Light: Phototaxis, Photomorphogenesis, and Photoperiodism*
Phytohormones (Plant Hormones) and other Growth Regularors*
Growth Movements, Turgor Movements , and Circadian Rhythmics*
Interactions between Plants and Fungi, Bacteria, Viruses
Interactions between Plants and Fungi: the Evolution of their Parasitic and Symbiotic Relations
Interactions of Plants and Bacteria ñ Genetic Engineering
Plant Viruses and Viroids
Evolution: Survey and Open Questions C. DARWIN and His Theory of Selection
The Modern Synthesis
Reproductive Isolation and Mechanisms of Reproduction
Changes on the Molecular Level and its Impacts on the Evolution of Plants
Selection and Fitness. Definitions and Theory.
How Did Life Evolve? How Did Macromolecules, Metabolic Pathways, and Finally Cells Come into Being?
The Evolution of Energy-Converting Processes: Photosynthesis, The Respiratory Chain – Procaryotes and Eucaryotes – Diversification
The Plant Kingdom: An Overview
(Unfortunately, this section has not been translated and the original text appears to have been removed from the web.)
Ecological Aspects, Ecosystems

Damages as Examples for Disruptions of the Balance of Ecosystems: The Eutrophication of a Lake; Air Pollution; Acid Rain; and Forest Damages.
Characteristics of Habitats and Vegetation
Pflanzengesellschaften und Vegetationszonen*
Aquatische Ökosysteme*

Note: Starred sections appear to have not yet been translated or included in the English version and the links to the original German version appear to be disabled.


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