Russian Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2003, p. 856. Translated from Fiziologiya Rastenii, Vol. 50, No. 6, 2003, p. 952. Original Russian Text Copyright © 2003 by Tarchevsky. BOOK REVIEWS Russko–frantsuzsko–angliiskii slovar’: Fiziologiya i biokhimiya rastenii (Russian–French–English Dictionary of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry), E.B. Kirichenko, Moscow: Nauka, 2002 In 2002 Nauka, the Publishing Company of the Rus- Thus, this dictionary reﬂects the process of rapid termi- sian Academy of Sciences, issued a three-lingual dic- nology development characteristic of modern plant tionary, a remarkable event of the last year. physiology and biochemistry. Unfortunately, in our country, the novel English terms are adopted and used The dictionary includes about 10000 words and without careful selection, which deteriorates the value expressions from various areas of plant physiology and of textbooks in plant physiology and biochemistry. In biochemistry: photosynthesis, respiration, growth and the book under review, the author’s aim is to present as development, water relations, mineral nutrition, bio- many Russian equivalents for novel French and English synthesis and metabolism of nucleic acids, proteins, terms as possible. This is undoubtedly one of the merits carbohydrates, acyl-containing lipids, pigments, sec- of the dictionary reviewed. ondary and low-molecular metabolites. The dictionary contains terms embracing all levels of plant organiza- In the academic media, the discussion is growing tion, ranging from molecular, cell, tissue, and organ around the “developmental crisis” in the natural sci- levels to the whole organism and cenoses. There are ences. One of the ways out of this crisis is the integra- also phrases for describing stresses, plant resistance, tion of the natural sciences and the humanitiesL. Such adaptation to adverse factors of abiotic, biotic, and focus seems to be the true one, and the preparation of anthropogenic origin, and intracellular signaling sys- terminological dictionaries (and thesauruses) for the tems. The terms from neighboring areas of plant biol- particular branches of phytobiology represents one of ogy are also included, with some restrictions imposed the real forms of hoped-for integration. by a limited book volume. The dictionary provides a valuable manual for lin- It should be noted that publishing of bilingual and guistic education of young researchers. It will help the multilingual dictionaries is a highly important issue phytophysiologists of our country to comprehend the prompted by rapid development of plant physiology advances achieved at foreign scientiﬁc centers. Since and biochemistry throughout the world. In the last few the dictionary is based on the Russian list of entries, years such dictionaries were published in many foreign foreign specialists interested in the Russian publica- countries. They were based on English and national tions may also appreciate this book. languages, and this reﬂects the increasing role of In conclusion, the high polygraphic quality of the English in the international scientiﬁc communication. dictionary should be mentioned. These dictionaries were usually compiled through the There is no doubt that the reviewed book will be a cooperation of highly professional phytobiologists and valuable and much-demanded handbook for phytobiol- linguists, but the dictionary under review is a one- ogists: researchers, translators, university teachers, and author book. graduate students. The validity of the present dictionary stems from the fact that it includes largely accepted terms and novel expressions that have come into use only recently. I. A. Tarchevsky 1021-4437/03/5006-0856$25.00 © 2003 MAIK ÒNauka / Interperiodica”
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 17, 2004
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