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Growth and Defence in Plants: Resource Allocation at Multiple Scales

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  • An invaluable source of information for plant scientists, ecologists, ecophysiologists, plant pathologists, molecular biologists, agronomists, forest scientists, plant breeders, modelers, and advanced students

Series: Ecological Studies Volume: 220

By: Rainer Matyssek(Editor), Hans Schnyder(Editor), Wolfgang Oßwald(Editor), Dieter Ernst(Editor), Jean Charles Munch(Editor), Hans Pretzsch(Editor)

470 pages, 29 colour & 97 b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Sep 2012 | #202938 | ISBN-13: 9783642306440
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Plants use resources, i.e. carbon, nutrients, water and energy, either for growth or to defend themselves from biotic and abiotic stresses. Growth and Defence in Plants provides a timely understanding of resource allocation and its regulation in plants, linking the molecular with biochemical and physiological-level processes. Ecological scenarios covered include competitors, pathogens, herbivores, mycorrhizae, soil microorganisms, carbon dioxide/ozone regimes, nitrogen and light availabilities. The validity of the "Growth-Differentiation Balance Hypothesis" is examined and novel theoretical concepts and approaches to modelling plant resource allocation are discussed. The results presented can be applied in plant breeding and engineering, as well as in resource-efficient stand management in agriculture and forestry.


Part I Introduction
1 The balance between resource sequestration and retention - a challenge in plant science R. Matyssek, J. Koricheva, H. Schnyder, D. Ernst, J.C. Munch, W. Osswald, and H. Pretzsch

Part II Mechanisms of resource allocation in plants and stands
2 Common links of molecular biology with biochemistry and physiology in plants under ozone and pathogen attack D. Ernst,, M. Jurgensen, G. Bahnweg, W. Heller, and G. Muller-Starck
3 Host-parasite interactions and trade-offs between growth and defence related metabolism under changing environments W. Osswald, F. Fleischmann, and D. Treutter
4 Conifer Defense Against Insects and Fungal Pathogens N. Kolosova and J. Bohlmann
5 The rhizosphere: molecular interactions between microorganisms and roots R. Hampp, A. Hartmann, and U. Nehls
6 Stores as substrate sources of respiration - effects of nitrogen stress and day length C.A. Lehmeier, F.A. Lattanzi, H. Schnyder
7 Tracing carbon fluxes - resolving complexity using isotopes H. Schnyder, U. Gamnitzer, C. Lehmeier, M. Wild, A.B. Bertrand-Morvan, R. Schaufele, and F.A Lattanzi
8 Solar radiation as a driver for growth and competition in forest stands M. Leuchner, C. Hertel, T. Rotzer, T. Seifert, R. Weigt, H. Werner, and A. Menzel
9 Site conditions and tree-internal nutrient partitioning in mature European beech and Norway spruce at the Kranzberger Forst A. Gottlein, M. Baumgarten, and J. Dieler
10 Plants and their ectomycorrhizosphere - cost and benefit of symbiotic soil organisms R. Agerer, A. Hartmann, K. Pritsch, S. Raidl, M. Schloter, R. Verma, and R. Weigt
11 Case study "Kranzberger Forst" - growth and defence in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.)K.-H. Haberle, R. Weigt, P.S. Nikolova, I.M. Reiter, J. Cermak, G. Wieser, H. Blaschke, T. Rotzer, H. Pretzsch, and R. Matyssek
12 Growth and space use in competitive interactions between juvenile trees T.E.E. Grams, M.J. Daigo, J.B. Winkler, S. Gayler, and R. Matyssek
13 Allometry of tree crown structure. Relevance for space occupation at the individual plant level and for self-thinning at the stand level H. Pretzsch, C. Matthew, and J. Dieler
14 Principles of growth

Part III Unifying Theory in Resource Allocation?
15 Mechanistic modelling of soil-plant-atmosphere systems E. Priesack, S. Gayler, T. Rotzer, T. Seifert, and H. Pretzsch
16 Learning from various plants and scenarios - statistical modeling W. zu Castell, R. Matyssek, A. Gottlein, F. Fleischmann, and A. Staninska
17 Modeling the defensive potential of plants S. Gayler, E. Priesack, F. Fleischmann, W. Heller, T. Rotzer, T. Seifert, and R. Matyssek
18 Effects of stress and defence allocation on tree growth - simulation results at the individual and stand level T. Rotzer, T. Seifert, S. Gayler, E. Priesack, and H. Pretzsch
19 Predictability of plant resource allocation - new theory needed? R. Matyssek, S. Gayler, W. zu Castell, W. Osswald, D. Ernst, H. Pretzsch, H. Schnyder, and J.-C. Munch
20 Conclusions and Perspectives R. Matyssek

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