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Plants and Microclimate: A Quantitative Approach to Environmental Plant Physiology

Plants and Microclimate: A Quantitative Approach to Environmental Plant Physiology


By (author) Hamlyn G. Jones

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  • Format: Paperback | 450 pages
  • Dimensions: 189mm x 246mm x 24mm | 920g
  • Publication date: 30 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521279593
  • ISBN 13: 9780521279598
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 170 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 309,042

Product description

This rigorous yet accessible text introduces the key physical and biochemical processes involved in plant interactions with the aerial environment. It is designed to make the more numerical aspects of the subject accessible to plant and environmental science students, and will also provide a valuable reference source to practitioners and researchers in the field. The third edition of this widely recognised text has been completely revised and updated to take account of key developments in the field. Approximately half of the references are new to this edition and relevant online resources are also incorporated for the first time. The recent proliferation of molecular and genetic research on plants is related to whole plant responses, showing how these new approaches can advance our understanding of the biophysical interactions between plants and the atmosphere. Remote sensing technologies and their applications in the study of plant function are also covered in greater detail.

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Author information

Hamlyn G. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Dundee. His research uses experimental approaches and mathematical modelling to investigate the characteristics that enable plants to be adapted to specific environments and to tolerate environmental stress.

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'For those working with plants in an environmental context, this book is a must. It became the standard reference in bioclimatology, plant ecophysiology and plant ecology. Hamlyn Jones translates complex physical principles into a language biologists greatly appreciate. It's wonderful to see a third edition, underlining the lasting impact this book has.' Christian Korner, University of Basel 'I have strongly recommended the previous editions to all my students in plant physiology or applied crop management and will continue to do so with this excellent new edition. Hamlyn Jones provides an excellent combination of experimental experience with the mathematical and physical bases of plant physiology and environmental physics. This true systems approach to understanding plant responses to the environment is precisely what is needed as we address complex issues such as climate change. This is a book that should be read by any scientist attempting to understand and affect plant responses to the environment at the whole plant and crop level, but especially at the molecular level. The combination of clear conceptual explanations, and many well-chosen figures and tables, along with their mathematical basis is particularly helpful to those with different learning styles and goals.' Alan N. Lakso, Cornell University 'This book's continued emphasis on using primary quantitative data to illustrate plant behaviour and function maintains its authoritative position as the core text for environmental plant physiology. This third edition sees the scope of the book expanding upwards and outwards with a new section on remote sensing, and inwards to cover the emerging 'omics', whilst always retaining its focus on the whole plant. I have lost four copies of the second edition to light-fingered students over the years - convincing evidence of its irresistible value. I firmly expect this third edition to be equally desirable!' Mark Rayment, Bangor University

Table of contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Detailed glossary of symbols and abbreviations; 1. A quantitative approach to plant-environment interactions; 2. Radiation; 3. Heat, mass and momentum transfer; 4. Plant water relations; 5. Energy balance and evaporation; 6. Stomata; 7. Photosynthesis and respiration; 8. Light and plant development; 9. Temperature; 10. Drought and other abiotic stresses; 11. Other environmental factors: wind, altitude, climate change and pollutants; 12. Physiology and crop yield improvement; Appendices; References; Index.