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Plant Physiological Ecology : Field Methods and Instrumentation - Robert W. Pearcy

Plant Physiological Ecology : Field Methods and Instrumentation

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Providing the researcher with the methodology appropriate to field experiments and useful analytical techniques this book includes measurements both of the environment itself and of the physiological and morphological responses of plants to it. In some cases, for example stable isotope measurements, investigations are performed in the laboratory on samples collected under field conditions, while other chapters cover analytical techniques for use in the field. Many techniques reviewed are based on the central theme of the acquisition of resources such as carbon, light, water and nutrients, and the use of these resources for plant growth. Methods for estimating some of the costs of allocation of these resources to particular functions are also covered. A methodological framework is provided for extending from organ level measurements to whole plants on root system and canopy structure, and to ecosystem level processes.

The combination of methods descriptions, comparative evaluations, and extensive citations makes this volume a bookshelf must for any scientist studying plant responses to the environment. It also has a wealth of good information for students - Plant Sciences Bulletin; This book provides a guide to the appropriate methodology for field measurements of the environment and of the physiological and morphological responses of plants to their environment, relevant to the study of physiological ecology ... This book provides a valuable reference work for researchers and those involved in the pure and applied plant sciences - Field Crop Abstracts; ...this is one of the best books on plant physiology ecology it is one of the best I have had the honor to review...One of the nicest features..is the abundance of clear, informative illustrations..It is clearly a book worth having - BioScience; ...Every practicing physiological ecologist should have a copy... - Quarterly Review of Biology; ...Altogether this book contains a lot of valuable information which is helpful not only for someone being new in the field but also for researchers already familiar with a certain technique. The book is worth its price and can be recommended for a wide range of plant physiologists - Journal of Plant Physiology

Principles for instrumentation for physiological ecology, A.J.Bloom; field data acquisition, R.W.Pearcy; water in the environment, P.W. Pidell and W.M.Jarrel; measurement of wind speed navigation, J.Grace; soil nutrient availability, D.Binkley and P.Vikousek; radiation and light measurements, R.W.Pearcy; temperature and energy budges, J.R.Ehleringer; measurements of transpiration and leaf conductance, R.W.Pearcy, E.D.Schulze and R.Zimmerman; plant water status, hydraulic resistance and capacities, R.T.Kaide et al; approaches to studying nutrient uptake, use and loss of plants, F.S.Chaplin and K.van Cleve; photosynthesis - principles and field techniques, J.T.Ball and J.A.Berry; crassulance and acid metabolism, C.B.Osmond, W.W.Adams and S.D.Smith; stable isotopes, J.R.Ehleringer and C.C.B.Osmond; canopy structure, J.M.Norman and G.S.Campbell; growth, carbon allocation and cost of plant tissues, N.R.Chiariello, H.A.Mooney and K.Williams; root system, M.M.Caldwell; field methods used for air pollution research with plants, W.E.Winnner and C.S.Greitner.

ISBN: 9780412407307
ISBN-10: 0412407302
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 472
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 18.95  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Type: New edition