KATHERINE ESAU PLANT ANATOMY PDF

By Debra Cleveland October When botanist Katherine Esau died June 4, at age 99, Peter Raven, director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, remembered that she "absolutely dominated the field of plant anatomy and morphology for several decades. She set the stage for all kinds of modern advances in plant physiology and molecular biology. Esau in cultivating sugarbeets for the hybridization program she developed at Spreckels Sugar Company. After successfully producing a curly top-resistant sugarbeet, Esau left Spreckels in for graduate studies at UC Davis, where she became a plant anatomist. Katherine Esau was born in the Ukraine in

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Professor of Botany, University of California, Davis ; author of "Plan anatomy" , "Viruses in plant hosts" , and "The phloem" , among others. From the description of Katherine Esau papers, University of California, Davis. Born of a Mennonite family in Ekaterinoslav, Russia now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine , she and her family fled Russia after the Revolution and moved to Berlin.

She completed her undergraduate education in Germany in agriculture and worked there in several jobs. In the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Reedley, California. During her employment at the Spreckels Sugar Company in Salinas, California in , she worked on the development of resistance to curly top virus in sugar beets.

She was invited to continue her research on sugar beets through the graduate program at UC Berkeley and the field station at Davis, earning her PhD in After graduate school, she was hired at the agricultural college at Davis now University of California and became one of the first women on the faculty, staying there until While teaching, she continued her research on viruses and specifically phloem, the food conducting tissue in plants.

Esau was a popular teacher and was known for her ability to speak and write clearly, synthesizing the 19th century anatomy literature in plant structure and development and integrating it with current research.

In the s, she collaborated with botanist Vernon Cheadle, who chaired the Botany Department, on further phloem research. She continued her research well into her 90s, publishing articles and five books. Her many classic textbooks are still used today in botany classes around the world. Esau was very generous both in her teaching and in giving back to academia. She established three endowments in plant anatomy and, with her family, contributed generously to several Mennonite educational institutions.

A number of excellent biographies of Esau as well as her own autobiography and oral history provide insight into this fascinating woman. Muller Library Biography Katherine Esau , professor of biology at the University of California Santa Barbara, is best known as the author of the textbooks Plant Anatomy and Anatomy of Seed Plants and for her research on plant diseases and viruses, particularly on agricultural crops. In addition to her textbooks, Esau published over articles.

Esau was born in to a German Mennonite family in Ekaterinoslav, Russia now Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine where her father served as mayor in the years before the Russian Revolution. She studied agricultural science in Moscow, Russia, and, after the Revolution in Berlin, Germany, where her family fled to avoid persecution by the Bolsheviks. In , Dr. Vernon I. She was one of the first plant biologists to use an electron microscope and in was given an electron microscope solely for her use.

She retired from teaching in , but continued her research and writing until

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Esau's Career as a Plant Anatomist

The city was named after Catherine the Great as was Katherine Esau. It is located on the Dnepr River and its name was changed to Dnepropetrovsk after the Russian Revolution. Esau came from a German Mennonite family that emigrated to Russia and settled in the steppes of the Ukraine in Katherine had one brother, Paul.

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Professor of Botany, University of California, Davis ; author of "Plan anatomy" , "Viruses in plant hosts" , and "The phloem" , among others. From the description of Katherine Esau papers, University of California, Davis. Born of a Mennonite family in Ekaterinoslav, Russia now Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine , she and her family fled Russia after the Revolution and moved to Berlin.

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