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Submission + - ASPS opens plant science text to all (

solanum writes: Some years ago the Australian Society of Plant Scientists produced a undergraduate text book that became a mainstay of plant science teaching in Australia. Today they have opened up that text for all, with the entire book made available online for free (as in beer). However, this is just the first step, a future edition will be made available as a wiki. Perhaps this is another nail in the coffin of being forced to purchase overpriced undergraduate text-books written by your professor?

The ASPS write: "We are proud to announce that the first edition of the plant science text book, "Plants in Action", is now on-line and free. Open access web resources are transforming education, and Plants in Action is the first Plant Science textbook contributing to this unrestricted sharing of scientific knowledge. The revised second edition of Plants in Action will also be an open access publication with an expected completion date of September 2011. It will be a fully edited and peer-reviewed wiki, with a discussion and comments page for each chapter. The overall structure of first edition Plants in Action will remain, but Plants in Action2 will only be published on-line as open access book."

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