Why are flowers colourful and fruits sweet? How does a carnivorous plant kill its prey? Why do stinging nettles sting? How do trees turn light into food? Plants and Fungi! tells you everything you need to know about plants and fungi by showing you how they work with beautiful illustrations.
Peer inside a leaf, watch a seed sprout, follow a root underground, and see how a flower becomes a fruit. Life on Earth couldn't exist without plants and fungi. Plants create the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe. They regulate the climate, provide habitats for animals, and produce sustainable resources that we can use to make books, clothes, furniture and houses. Fungi are just as important. Nature's great recyclers, they turn the living world's leftovers into essential nutrients that plants and animals can use again.
Did you know that the seeds of the Australian snottygobble plant don't grow until they've been pooed out by emus? Or that the world's oldest tree began growing before the pyramids were built? Or that the world's largest organism is a fungus the size of 1600 football fields? Or that some fungi can take over the brains of insects and turn them into zombies?
Part of DK's hugely successful Knowledge Encyclopedia series, this is the perfect accompaniment to the school curriculum and an essential addition to every family library.
- Publisher: DK UK
- ISBN: 9780241623275
- Format: Hardback
308 mm x 254 mm