Due to many issues related to long-term carbon dynamics, an improved understanding of the biology of C4 photosynthesis is required by more than the traditional audience of crop scientists, plant physiologists, and plant ecologists. This work synthesizes the latest developments in C4 biochemistry, physiology, systematics, and ecology. The book concludes with chapters discussing the role of C4 plants in the future development of the biosphere, particularly their interactive effects on soil, hydrological, and atmospheric processes.


Graduate students, faculty, and researchers in ecology, plant physiology, plant science, agronomy, and agricultural sciences.

Table of Contents

Perspectives: R. Sage and R. Monson, Introduction. H. Hatch, Historical Overview. Structure-Function of the C4 Syndrome: G. Edwards and R. Kanai, Biochemistry of C4 Photosynthesis. R. Leegod, Regulation. N. Dengler and T. Nelson, Structure and Development. S. von Caemmerer and B. Furbank, Modeling C4 Photosynthesis. Ecology of C4 Photosynthesis: S. Long, Environmental Responses. A. Knapp, Field Performance. L. Tiezen, Geography and Distribution. S. McNaughton and S. Heckathorn, Plant/Herbivore Interactions. The Evolution of C4 Photosynthesis: R. Monson, Biochemical Avenues to C4 Photosynthesis. P. Hattersley, Phylogeny of C4 Photosynthesis. T. Cerling, Paleorecords of C4 Evolution. C4 Plants and Humanity: H. Brown, Economic Impacts of C4 Plants. N. van der Merwe, C4 Plants and the Development of Human Societies. R. Sage and D. Wedin, The Future of C4 Photosynthesis. P. Hattersley, R. Sage, and R. Monson, Appendix: A List of the C4 Taxa of the World. Subject Index.


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@qu:"The 16 chapters are well written and thoroughly documented reviews with more than 100 references in many and a few carefully chosen tables or figures in each. A well-produced work in a series on physiological ecology, this volume should serve for years as a resource to specialists in a wide range of areas, as well as a resource for upper-division undergraduate and graduate students, their faculty, and professionals." @source:--L.C. Davis in CHOICE (July 1999)