UCR Consults on Avatar:

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Dr. Jodie Holt's contributions to the Oscar winning movie in honor of National Library Week.






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The filmmakers of Avatar consulted with Jodie Holt to depict the vegetation of Pandora (the mythical moon depicted in Avatar) accurately.  "For two years Holt served as a consultant and expert on Pandora’s vegetation and provided textual details for the game products that the film will launch. She also gave pointers to actress Sigourney Weaver, who plays a botanist in the film.

A professor of plant physiology, Holt has chaired UC Riverside’s Department of Botany and Plant Sciences since 2003. She conducts research in ecology of weedy and invasive plants to contribute to ecologically sound weed management practices.” 1



Bibliography with book jackets:

Book 1 MAP kinases in plant signal transduction / edited by Heribert Hirt 
Berlin ; New York  : Springer, 2000
QH607.R4 v.27 2000
Book 1 Transmembrane signaling protocols / edited by Hydar Ali and Bodduluri Haribabu
Totowa, N.J. : Humana Press, 2006
QP517.C45 T736 2006
Book 1 Hormones, signals and target cells in plant development / Daphne J. Osborne and Michael T. McManus
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005
QK898.H67 O83 2005
Book 1 Communication in plants : neuronal aspects of plant life / edited by František Baluška, Stefano Mancuso, and Dieter Volkmann
Berlin ; New York : Springer, 2006

QK725 .C73 2006
Book 1 Intercellular communication in plants / edited by Andrew J. Fleming
Oxford : Blackwell, 2005
QK725 .I45 2005
Book 1 Structure and function of plants / Jennifer W. MacAdam
Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009
QK641 .M33 2009
Book 1 Plant hormone signaling / edited by Peter Hedden and Stephen G. Thomas
Oxford, UK ; Ames, Iowa : Blackwell Pub., 2006
QK898.H67 P64 2006
Book 1 Signal transduction protocols / edited by Robert C. Dickson and Michael D. Mendenhall
Totowa, N.J. : Humana Press, 2004
QP517.C45 S555 2004
Book 1 Units, symbols, and terminology for plant physiology : a reference for presentation of research results in the plant sciences / sponsored by the International Association for Plant Physiology / edited by Frank B. Salisbury
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
QK710.5 .U55 1996

Bibliography without book jackets:

  • Intracellular signaling / edited by Zhenbiao Yang.
    Oxford ; Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell Pub., 2008
    QK725 .I584 2008
  • Plant signal transduction / edited by Dierk Scheel and Claus Wasternack.
    Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2002
    QK728 .P55 2002 
  • The genetic basis of plant physiological processes / John King.
    New York : Oxford University Press, 1991
    QK711.2 .K57 1991 
  • Control of plant development : genes and signals / edited by Andrew J. Greenland, Elliot M. Meyerowitz and Martin Steer.
    Cambridge : Published for the Society for Experimental Biology by the Company of Biologists Ltd, c1998
    QH302 .S622 no.51 1998 


  • Kozlowski, Lori  Inventing the plants of 'Avatar'  Los Angeles Times  January, 2010. 
  • UC Riverside botanist adds credibility to plants in James Cameron's "Avatar"  UCR Newsroom  November 2009.
  • Wychen, Lee Van  Plant life on Pandora  Weed Science Society Of America  February, 2010.

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