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of plants are profoundly influenced by their physiological ecology: the interaction with Hans Lambers, F. Stuart Chapin III, Thijs L. Pons. Pages PDF. reference to plant physiology or biochemistry and has a curiously empirical char- . first edition of Plant Physiological Ecology, we wish to thank the following. Plant ecophysiology is the science that seeks to explain the physiological mechanisms underlying ecological observations. Much is made these days of the .
Mineral Nutrition. Growth and Allocation. Life Cycles: Environmental Influences and Adaptations.
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Symbiotic Associations. Ecological Biochemistry: Allelopathy and Defense Against Herbivores.
Effects of Microbial Pathogens. Parasitic Associations.
Plant physiological ecology, 2nd edn
Interactions Among Plants. Ecosystem and Global Processes: Ecophysiological Controls. Back Matter Pages About this book Introduction The growth, reproduction, and geographical distribution of plants are profoundly influenced by their physiological ecology: In a fine chapter on the ecophysiology of ecosystem processes, we learn that the controls on ecosystem productivity include temperature, rainfall, soil nutrients, parent rocks, drainage, topography, fire, successional age, grazing, symbionts, canopy structure and albedo, and plant traits including palatability, leaf area index, litter quality and root exudates.
I've probably missed a few as well, but nowhere is much in fact any space wasted on the effects of biodiversity.
If local biodiversity has any effect on productivity, it can only be measured in circumstances where the controls on productivity in the real world have been carefully eliminated.
The authors don't always get it right.
Plant Physiological Ecology
For example, they are too ready to accept the role of allelopathy in the success of the invasive Centaurea maculosa , despite studies that cast serious doubt on this phenomenon Qin et al. Generally, however, wherever you look in this book, important topics are examined with thoroughness and clarity.
You will not find a better account of how nutrient uptake strategies vary with soil nutrient status, and why even mycorrhizas are not enough when the going gets really tough. The authors are also good at drawing attention to important areas where little is known, but where we can expect to discover much more in the future. We are left in little doubt that in a third edition the section on endosymbionts will be much longer, and no doubt contain some quite unforeseen surprises.
Two minor complaints. One is that the index does not contain any plants or animals, which is annoying if you're looking for information on Plantago or Casuarina.
Hans Lambers, F. The growth, reproduction and geographical distribution of plants are profoundly influenced by their physiological ecology: This textbook is notable in emphasizing that the mechanisms underlying plant physiological ecology can be found at the levels of biochemistry, biophysics, molecular biology and whole-plant physiology.
At the same time, the integrative power of physiological ecology is well-suited to assess the costs, benefits and consequences of modifying plants for human needs, and to evaluate the role of plants in ecosystems.
Plant Physiological Ecology begins with the primary processes of carbon metabolism and transport, plant-water relations, and energy balance.
After considering individual leaves and whole plants, these physiological processes are then scaled up to the level of the canopy.
Subsequent chapters discuss mineral nutrition and the ways in which plants cope with nutrient-deficient or toxic soils. The book then looks at patterns of growth and allocation, life-history traits, and interactions between plants and other organisms. Later chapters deal with traits that affect decomposition of plant material and with plant physiological ecology at the level of ecosystems and global environmental processes.
Plant Physiological Ecology features numerous boxed entries that provide extended discussions of selected issues, a glossary, and numerous references to the primary and review literature. The significant new text is suitable for use in plant ecology courses, as well as classes ranging from plant physiology to plant molecular biology.
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It certainly represents scholarship of the highest level, and many of us will find it a useful source of new ideas for future research.
All rights reserved. However, once we get onto actual mechanisms, all is clear.
For example, the long-running controversy about mechanisms of competition. Thirteen years later, new methodologies are bringing a renewed experimental approach to organismal research and entirely new avenues of inquiry have opened at the molecular and ecosystem scales.
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