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

Plant Physiological Ecology

Field Methods and Instrumentation

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1989
ISBN: 9780412232305
Number Of Pages: 458

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Physiological plant ecology is primarily concerned with the function and performance of plants in their environment. Within this broad focus, attempts are made on one hand to understand the underlying physiological, biochemical and molecular attributes of plants with respect to performance under the constraints imposed by the environment. On the other hand physiological ecology is also concerned with a more synthetic view which attempts to underĀ­ stand the distribution and success of plants measured in terms of the factors that promote long-term survival and reproduction in the environment. These concerns are not mutually exclusive but rather represent a continuum of research approaches. Osmond et al. (1980) have elegantly pointed this out in a space-time scale showing that the concerns of physiological ecology range from biochemical and organelle-scale events with time constants of a second or minutes to succession and evolutionary-scale events involving communities and ecosystems and thousands, if not millions, of years. The focus of physiological ecology is typically at the single leaf or root system level extending up to the whole plant. The time scale is on the order of minutes to a year. The activities of individual physiological ecologists extend in one direction or the other, but few if any are directly concerned with the whole space-time scale. In their work, however, they must be cognizant both of the underlying mechanisms as well as the consequences to ecological and evolutionary processes.

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 condunctance, 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: 9780412232305
ISBN-10: 0412232308
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st May 1989
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 26.19 x 18.72  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 1.02

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