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Physiological Plant Ecology: Ecophysiology and Stress Physiology of Functional Groups


By: Walter Larcher(Author), M Ann Biederman-Thorson(Translated by)

513 pages, 348 illustrations, maps, 78 tables


Paperback | Dec 1975 | Edition: 4 | #211796 | ISBN: 3642962831
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NHBS Price: £71.99 $92 / €82 approx
Hardback | Dec 2003 | Edition: 4 | #135985 | ISBN: 3540435166
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A reprint of the original 1975 edition, translated from the German. It offers insights into the laws governing the carbon, nitrogen, mineral and water balance, the development, vital capacity and adaptability of plants.

"[...] should be on the shelf of any scientist, teacher, or student seeking an introduction to the field of plant ecophysiology that is also an excellent reference."
The Quarterly Review of Biology

" [...] belongs certainly to the most successful manuals that ever existed."

" [...] it continues to be one of the major texts in the field of ecophysiology."
Plant Growth Regulation

"This book is really a must reading for those interested in sustainable forestry."
Journal of Sustainable Forestry


- The Environment of Plants
- The Hydrosphere
- The Atmosphere
- The Lithosphere and the Soil
- The Biosphere
- The Ecosystem: Interplay of Biological and Environmental Factors
- The Sun’s Radiation as a Source of Energy
- Radiation within the Atmosphere
- Uptake of Radiation by Plants
- Distribution and Effects of Radiation in Bodies of Water
- Carbon Utilization and Dry Matter Production
- Carbon Metabolism in the Cell
- Photosynthesis
- Catabolic Processes
- CO2 Exchange in Plants
- The Exchange of Carbon Dioxide and Oxygen as a Diffusion Process
- Photosynthetic Capacity and Specific Respiratory Activity
- The Effect of External Factors on CO2 Exchange
- Carbon Budget and Dry-Matter Production in Plants
- The Gas Exchange Balance
- Dry-Matter Production
- Utilization of Photosynthates and the Rate of Growth
- Productivity and Carbon Turnover in Plant Communities
- The Productivity of Stands of Plants
- Carbon Turnover by Plants as Part of the Ecosystem
- Productivity of the Earth’s Plant Cover
- Energy Conversion by Vegetation
- The Role of Plants in the Carbon Cycle
- The Cycling of Oxygen
- The Utilization and Cycling of Nitrogen
- The Nitrogen Metabolism of Higher Plants
- The Nitrogen Metabolism of Microorganisms
- Nitrogen Turnover in the Ecosystem
- The Role of Plants and Microorganisms in the Global Cycling of Nitrogen
- The Utilization and Cycling of Mineral Elements
- The Soil as a Nutrient Source for Plants
- The Mineral Nutrients in the Soil
- The pH of the Soil (“Soil Reaction”)
- The Role of Mineral Nutrients in Plant Metabolism
- The Uptake of Mineral Nutrients
- The Translocation of Minerals in the Plant
- Utilization and Deposition of Minerals in the Plant
- The Elimination of Minerals
- Calcicolous and Calcifugous Plants
- Plants of Saline Habitats
- Mineral Balance in the Vegetation and the Cycling of Minerals in the Ecosystem
- The Toxic Effect of Atmospheric Pollutants
- Water Relations
- Water Relations of the Plant Cell
- The Water in the Cell
- The Water Potential of Plant Cells
- Absorption, Transpiration and Water Balance in the Plant
- Water Uptake
- The Translocation of Water
- Water Loss from Plants
- The Water Balance of a Plant
- Water Balance in Different Plant Types
- Water Balance during Drought
- Drought Resistance
- Water Economy in Plant Communities
- The Water Balance of Stands of Plants
- Regional Water Turnover
- The Earth’s Water Balance and Its Significance for Vegetation
- Effects of Temperature
- Plant Temperatures and Energy Balance
- The Effects of Temperature upon the Vital Processes of Plants
- Life-Supporting Range and Functional Range
- The Temperature Limits for Plant Life
- Periodicity in Climate and Vegetation
- Climatic Rhythms
- Activity Rhythms
- Synopsis
- References

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