Park S. Nobel Remarkable Agaves and Cacti

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Remarkable Agaves and Cacti

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For at least 9000 years, agaves and cacti have been cultivated and consumed by people the world over. Whether they have been used to make beverages, eaten as fruits, raised for their leaf fibers, or fed to cattle, these succulent plants have proven invaluable to the economies of many cultures. This entertaining and informative book details the unique characteristics and uses of the many species of agaves and cacti. In his exploration of their past, present, and potential future uses, Park S. Nobel--an internationally known expert on the subject--explores how agaves and cacti have served, for example, as ornamental horticulture, as a key ingredient of tequila, as hallucinogens in religious rites, and as medicines. The author also considers the biology of agaves and cacti by explaining how they are able to withstand the harsh desert conditions in which they flourish, and by describing at the cellular level their distinctive and fascinating physiologies. Finally, the book makes the case that these plants have exceptional potential for mass cultivation and utilization in the future. Succulent plant enthusiasts, amateur botanists, interested laypersons, researchers, and professionals alike will want to read this authoritative, popularly written introduction to these unusually interesting plants.

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Park S. Nobel, Professor of Biology, and Associate Director of the UCLA-DOE Laboratory, University of California at Los Angeles.

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"In his exploration of their past, present, and potential future uses, Park S. Nobel-an internationally renowned expert on the subject-explores how agaves and cacti have served...as ornamental horticulture, as a key ingredient of tequila, as hallucinogens in religious rites, and as
medicines....Succulent plant enthusiasts, amateur botanists, interested laypersons, researchers, and professionals alike will want to read this authoritative introduction to these plants." --Biology Digest

"This book should interest growers, anthropologists, and general biologists by bringing together recent physiological and ecological information in a convenient and readable form." --Choice

"I recommend Remarkable Agaves and Cacti to persons who want an overview of the economic botany, ecophysiology, and productivity of agaves and cacti..." --Jerry M. Baskin, University of Kentucky, Plant Science Bulletin

"This book, which is aimed at anyone from amateur botanist and succulent enthusiasts to researchers and professionals, ...deals at length with the biology, particularly the physiology, of the plants."--Plant Genetic Resources Abstracts, CAB Abstracts

"'Remarkable means worthy of notice, uncommon, even extraordinary,' says the author with respect to the cacti and agaves he treats. He aptly describes his own book as well . . . . Those who wish to delve more deeply will get smiles from librarians and useful responses from computerized card
catalogs."--Economic Botany

"The book should intrigue the grower who likes to experiment, the student who wishes to learn basic biology in a challenging way, and the visitor to arid lands to become aware of the invisible activities occurring in the common desert agaves and cacti."--Donald J. Pinkava, Arizona State
University

"'Remarkable means worthy of notice, uncommon, even extraordinary,' says the author with respect to the cacti and agaves he treats. He aptly describes his own book as well . . . . Those who wish to delve more deeply will get smiles from librarians and useful responses from computerized card
catalogs."--Economic Botany

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