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This book adopts a holistic approach to the subject, emphasising the role of plants in specific ecosystems as well as global ecology.
PLANTS, WATER, AND MINERALS. Plant Cells and Water. Water Relations of the Whole Plant. Plants and Inorganic Nutrients. Roots, Soils, and Nutrient Uptake. Plants and Nitrogen. PLANTS, ENERGY, AND CARBON. Light and Pigments: An Introduction to Photobiology. Leaves and Photosynthesis. Bioenergetics and the Light-Dependent Reactions of Photosynthesis. Photosynthesis: Carbon Metabolism. Translocation and Distribution of Photoassimilates. Cellular Respiration: Retrieving the Energy in Photoassimilates. Carbon Assimilation and Productivity. REGULATION OF PLANT DEVELOPMENT. Patterns in Plant Development. The Role of Hormones in Plant Development. Biochemistry and Mode of Action of Hormones. PhotomorphogenesisResponding to Light. Plant MovementsOrientation in Space. Measuring Time: Photoperiodism and Rhythmic Phenomena. Temperature and Plant Development. STRESS PHYSIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY. The Physiology of Plants Under Stress. Plant Physiology and Biotechnology.