Elements of Life and Death
Humans consist of about 98% of six chemical elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulfur, and phosphorus. But what remains is equally important. This book is about the other elements that are vitally important for some animals, plants, or microorganisms, as well as a few elements that are deadly for some organisms, and used as protection by others, are also included.
Lars Olof Björn is currently Professor Emeritus at Lund University. He studied science, including biology, at the University of Lund, and at the University of California at Berkeley, and got his PhD from Lund in 1967. He was Professor of Plant Physiology at the Agricultural University of Denmark in Copenhagen 1971–1972, of Botany at Lund University (Sweden) from 1972 until retirement in 2001, and of Biology at the South China Normal University 2010–2016. He is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Royal Physiographical Society, and has received several prizes for his popular science writings, and the Linnaeus gold medal for botany from the Royal Physiographical Society (2019). Much of his research has dealt with biological effects of light.
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