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The Biology of Vines - Francis E. Putz

The Biology of Vines

By: Francis E. Putz (Editor), Harold A. Mooney (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1992
ISBN: 9780521392501
Number Of Pages: 544

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The climbing habit in plants has apparently evolved numerous times. Species that climb are well represented in habitats ranging from tropical rain forests through temperate forests to semi-deserts. The Biology of Vines, first published in 1992, is a treatment of what is known about climbing plants, written by a group of experts and covering topics ranging from the biomechanics of twining to silvicultural methods for controlling vine infestations. Also included are detailed accounts of climbing plant evolution, stem anatomy and function, climbing mechanics, carbon and water relations, reproductive ecology, the role of vines in forest communities and their economic importance. The chapters are based on research on herbaceous vines and woody climbers (lianas) in both temperate and tropical zones, deserts and rain-forests and Old and New World areas. Much remains to be learned about the biology of these plants, but this volume provides a substantial foundation upon which further research can be based.

Preface
Introduction
The distribution and evolution of climbing plants
Climbing Mechanics and Stem Form
Anatomy of vine and liana stems: a review and synthesis
Biochemical studies of vines Francise Putz
Vine Physiology and Development
Water flux and xylem structure in vines
Reserve economy of vines
Photosynthesis and gas exchange of vines
Heteroblastic development in vines
Physiological ecology of mesic, temperature woody vines
Secondary compounds in vines with an emphasis on those with defensive functions
Community Ecology of Vines
Distribution and abundance of vines in forest communities
Vines in arid and semi-arid ecosystems
Vine-host interactions
Seasonality of climbers: a review and example from Costa Rican dry forest
Breeding and dispersal systems of lianas
Economic Importance of Vines
The ethnobotany and economic botany of tropical vines Oliver Phillips
Biology, utlization, and silvicutural management of rattan palms
Silvicultural effects of lianas
Indices.
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ISBN: 9780521392501
ISBN-10: 0521392500
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 31st January 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 1.06