Adaptation and evolution of terrestrial plants depend, to a large extent, on their ability to acquire nutrients. This is a modern and integrative treatment of the mechanisms controlling plant nutrient uptake and how plants respond to changes in the environment. The following key topics are covered: soil nutrient bioavailability; root responses to variations in nutrient supply; nitrogen fixation; regulation of nutrient uptake by internal plant demand; root characteristics; kinetics of nutrient uptake; root architecture; life span; mycorrhizae; responses to climate change. This integrated view helps us to understand the mechanisms that govern present-day plant communities and is indispensable in models designed to predict the response of plants to a changing climate.
From the reviews: "This volume of 'Ecological Studies' helps physiologically oriented scientists to obtain a view of their research at higher scales and/or organizational levels. For the ecologically oriented researchers ! it helps to get insight in mechanisms at a smaller scale and some insight into the extensive progress in molecular-biological research. This book is really worth reading more than once because there are a lot of specific and general aspects that are not found in other books in such a broad perspective." (Dieter Horlacher, Journal of Plant Physiology, Vol. 164, 2007) "In this book fifteen authors in twelve chapters review various factors influencing nutrient uptake by plants. ! The book is a highly valuable extension of basic textbooks about nutrient acquisition by plants. I would recommend it most strongly to all ecologists who want to read a clear introductory review on each of the announced topics and as a starting source of relevant references." (Stanislav Brezina, Folia Geobotanica, Vol. 41 (4), 2006)
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