Applied Science BTEC Nationals/Principles of Plant and Soil Science

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Content[edit | edit source]

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1. Understand the function of plant structures
2. Understand the main processes of plant physiology
3. Understand plant growth and development
4. Know the principles of soil science.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Edexcel recommend the following resources.

Textbooks[edit | edit source]

Barnes C and Poore N — Plant Science in Action (Hodder Arnold, 1994) ISBN 0340600993

Cutler D, Botha T and Stevenson D — Plant Anatomy: An Applied Approach (Blackwell Publishing, 2007) ISBN 1405126795

Davies B, Eagle D and Finney B — Soil (Resource Management Series) (Farming Press, 2002) ISBN 0852365594

Graham I — Soil (Earth’s Precious Resources Series) (Heinemann Library, 2004) ISBN 0431115540

Green N P O, Stout G W and Taylor D J — Biological Science 1 and 2, 3rd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 1997) ISBN 0521561787

Hay R K M — Chemistry for Agriculture and Ecology (Blackwell Science, 1981) ISBN 0632006994

Hill-Cottingham P and Hill-Cottingham D — Plant Science (Biology Advanced Studies Series) (Blackie Schools, 1992) ISBN 0216930316

Lockhart J A R et alLockhart and Wiseman’s Introduction to Crop Husbandry, 7th Edition (Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd, 1993) ISBN 0080420036

Raven P, Johnson G, Singer S and Losos J — Biology, 7th Edition (McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2004) ISBN 0071111832

Ridge I — Plants (Oxford University Press, 2002) ISBN 0199255482

Roberts M, Reiss M and Monger G — Biology: Principles and Processes (Nelson Thornes Ltd, 2004) ISBN 0174481764

Soffe R — The Agricultural Notebook, 20th Edition (Blackwell Science, 2003) ISBN 0632058293

Stern K — Introductory Plant Biology, 9th Edition (McGraw-Hill Education, 2002) ISBN 0071199004

Journals[edit | edit source]

Arable Farming


Crop Science


Websites[edit | edit source]


Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Health and Safety Executive.

Botanical Society of America Online Image Collection.


Rothamsted Research.

The Science and Plants for Schools Website.

The Society for Experimental Biology.