514 pages, 320 figs
New research reveals that plants actively acquire nutrients; the acquisition process is not a passive one in which plants simply wait for dissolved nutrients to come closer to their roots. In fact, plants play a far more active role than once was understood to be possible in nutrient acquisition and in adaptation to problem soils. This book presents an excellent overview and summary of new concepts of plant nutrient acquisition mechanisms, and sets forth their practical implications in crop production. The scope is wide ranging, from biochemical, molecular, and genetic analysis of nutrient acquisition to global nutritional problems. Especially noteworthy are the sections on the cell apoplast, phosphorus-solubilizing organisms, and direct uptake of macro-organic molecules. With contributions by leading scientists worldwide, the book provides an invaluable resource for researchers in plant and environmental sciences and in agronomy and other branches of agriculture.
From the contents: Preface.- List of Contributors.- Historical Review and Global Concerns.- Root Exudates in Nutrient Acquisition and Metal Tolerance.- Involvement of the Cell Apoplast in Nutrient Acquisition and Metal Tolerance.- Contribution of Soil Microorganisms and Soil Fauna.- Direct Incorporation of Soil Micro and Macro Organic Molecules.- Practical Implications.- Subject Index.- Epilogue.The complete table of contents can be found on the Internet: http://www.springer.de
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