Exploitation of Environmental Heterogenity by Plants

Exploitation of Environmental Heterogenity by Plants : Ecophysiological Processes Above and Below-ground

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This work is a synthesis of studies of plant responses to temporal and spatial heterogeneity, the exploitation of resources from pulses and patches by plants and their competition with neighbours in the face of this variability. Above ground, the book focuses upon the nature of canopy patchiness, consequences of this heterogeneity for the light environment and the mechanisms by which plants respond to and exploit this patchiness. Below ground, the text explores the heterogeneity of soil environments and how root systems obtain nutrients and water in the context of this temporal and spatial variability. As a new reference in an evolving and growing field, this text should be a useful tool for researchers and graduate students in plant physiology, ecology, agronomy and forestry alike.
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  • Hardback | 428 pages
  • 167.64 x 236.22 x 50.8mm | 521.63g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0121550702
  • 9780121550707

Table of contents

The Role of Plasticity in Exploiting Environmental Heterogeneity. The Physical Nature of Solar Radiation in Heterogeneous Canopies: Spatial and Temporal Attributes. Light Gaps: Sensing the Light Opportunities in Highly Dynamic Canopy Environments. Light Gaps: Rapidly Filling Space and Interception Light. A Whole-Plant Perspective. Photosynthetic Acclimation to Varying Light: A Leaf to Whole-Plant Perspective. Photosynthetic Utilization of Light Variations on the Time Scale of Seconds to Minutes. Signals for Seeds to Rapidly Sense and Respond Rapidly to Light Gaps. Aasessing the Heterogeneity of Belowgrouns Resources: Quantifying Pattern and Scale. Causes of Soil Nutrient Heterogeneity. Root-Soil Response to Water Pulses in Dry Environments. Architecture and Biomass Allocation as Components of the Plastic Response of Root Systems to Soil Heterogeneity. Exploiting Nutrients in Fertile Soil Microsites. Coping with Multiple Environment Gradients in Gaps. Spatial Heterogeneity at Small Scales and How Plants Respond to It.
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