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The substantially revised text of this popular advanced work provides a well illustrated account of all aspects of stomatal biology. There is a new chapter on the theory of gaseous diffusion through stomata, and new sections on signal perception and transduction, guard cell ionic relations and guard cell metabolism. The concluding chapter reviews the genetics and molecular biology of stomata.
The distribution of stomata; the structure and development of stomata; the mechanics of stomatal movements; the theory of gas diffusion through stomata; stomatal responses to environmental factors; the influence of hormones and other naturally occuring compounds on stomatal behaviour; ionic relations of stomatal movements and signal transduction by guard cells; guard cell metabolism; recent developments and future research.
Reviews of the first edition: This paperback is, in general, well written and easy to read, especially as an introductory text for students ... A service to plant physiology has been well performed. This reviewer commends this little book as being 'a window upon the soul' of stomata ... - Journal of Experimental Botany; [Willmer] gives a highly readable, excellently illustrated account of the distribution, anatomy, structure and development of guard cells ... I know of no other review of the structural aspects of this range and elegance - Times Higher Education Supplement; Dr Willmer has produced a neat, crisply written monograph which will serve up to first degree level in all plant sciences for a good while to come - Biologist