Plants carry out many independent functions simultaneously, such as absorbing nutrients, converting light into stored energy, growing, and reproducing. This book studies the necessity for the resources needed to be apportioned or allocated appropriately for successful execution of these activities.
...a timely book, covering a range of approaches to its subject. The book rightly emphasized the potential problems with the optimal allocation approach and its progeny, the cost-benefit analysis of allocation. There is also appropriate emphasis on the possibility that, even if optimal allocation is a major outcome of natural selection, it is not completely expressed because of adaptive or acclimatory constraints. ...a readable, authoritative and stimulating account of an important subject area. The editors are to be congratulated on assembling this volume, and not least for their two excellent 'bookend' chapters. --TREE "[The] introductory chapter draws together explicitly the conclusions of the other chapters and even proposes mechamisms by which the phenomena described by the chapter authors may be integrated physiologically by the plant. This is unusual in an edited volume; I wish it were emulated by more editors. The other chapters are generally of high quality, either in terms of ideas or findings. The volume nicely summarizes much of the current state of work and confusion on plant resource allocation. It would provide a good introduction to the field for a graduate student developing a thesis project, or a graduate seminar. The work is presented is often fascinating, and raises interesting questions. Read with an open mind, this book should open some mental doors on exciting frontiers in plant physiological ecology." --ECOLOGY
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