An understanding of how plants interact with their aerial
environment is central to many areas of plant science. This book
attempts to provide a soundly based introduction to those features
of the atmospheric environment of particular relevance to plants.
It also describes the physical and physiological principles
required for understanding how these factors affect plants. The
underlying biophysics and biochemistry are explained in the context
of plants growing in their natural environment. For example, gas
exchange and diffusion are considered in relation to the control
both of evaporation from vegetation and of photosynthesis and
productivity, while energy exchanges are examined in relation to
plant temperature regulation. Throughout the text a quantitative
approach is adopted and the use of mathematical models is described
with some examples. Physiological and ecological aspects of
adaptation to different natural environments, including mechanisms
of drought tolerance, are considered, as are possible ways in which
this information can be used for 'improving' crop plants for
selective breeding. Practical aspects of important measurement
techniques are discussed. There is a comprehensive reference list
giving an introduction to recent literature, together with
appendices listing useful physical quantities. The presentation
adopted is designed to emphasise the close relationship between the
biophysical, physiological and ecological aspects of the adaptation
of higher plants to their aerial environment. This second edition
has been fully updated and includes information on novel techniques
such as chlorophyll-a fluorescence and carbon isotope
discrimination which can be applied to plants in the field, as well
as coverage of topics of current concern such as global warming and
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
|Country of origin:
Hamlyn G. Jones
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||2nd Revised edition
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