Environmental Physiology of Plants

Environmental Physiology of Plants

3rd Edition - October 5, 2001

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  • Authors: Alastair Fitter, Robert Hay
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549811
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780122577666

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This is the third edition of an established and successful university textbook. The original structure and philosophy of the book continue in this new edition, providing a genuine synthesis of modern ecological and physiological thinking, while entirely updating the detailed content. New features include a fresh, unified treatment of toxicity, emphasizing common features of plant response to ionic, gaseous, and other toxins, explicit treatment of issues relating to global change, and a section on the role of fire in plant physiology and communities. The illustrations in the text are improved over previous editions, including color plates for the first time, and the authors' continuing commitment to providing wide citation of the relevant literature has further improved the reference list. This revision of Environmental Physiology of Plants will ensure the reputation of this title as a useful and relevant text well into the 21st century.

Key Features

  • Includes enhanced illustrations, now with color plates
  • Examines new molecular approaches which can be harnessed to solve problems in physiology
  • Features new topics such as the unified treatment of toxicity, an explicit treatment of the issues relating to global change, and a section on the role of fire


Advanced undergraduates and graduate students, researchers in Biology, Plant Science, Ecology, and Environmental Science

Table of Contents

  • Preface to the Third Edition


    1. Introduction

    1. Plant Growth and Development

    2. The Influence of the Environment

    3. Evolution of Adaptation

    4. Comparative Ecology and Phylogeny

    Part I. The Acquisition of Resources

    2. Energy and Carbon

    1. Introduction

    2. The Radiation Environment

    3. Effects of Spectral Distribution of Radiation On Plants

    4. Effects of Irradiance On Plants

    5. Responses to Elevated Carbon Dioxide Concentrations

    3. Mineral Nutrients

    1. Introduction

    2. Nutrients in the Soil System

    3. Physiology of Ion Uptake

    4. Morphological Responses

    5. Soil Micro-Organisms

    6. General Patterns of Response to Soil Nutrients

    4. Water

    1. Properties of Water

    2. The Water Relations of Plants and Soils

    3. Adaptations Favoring Germination and Seedling Establishment in Dry Environments

    4. Adaptations Favoring Survival and Reproduction Under Conditions of Water Shortage

    5. Some Special Problems in Tree/Water Relations

    Part II. Responses to Environmental Stress

    5. Temperature

    1. The Temperature Relations of Plants

    2. Plant Adaptation and Resistance to Low Temperature

    3. The Survival of Plants Exposed to High Temperatures

    4. Fire

    6. Toxicity

    1. The Nature of Toxicity

    2. Toxic Environments

    3. The Influence of Toxins on Plants

    4. Resistance to Toxicity

    5. Phytoremediation: Biotechnology to Detoxify Soils

    6. The Origin of Resistance: The Genetic Basis

    7. An Ecological Perspective

    1. The Individual Plant

    2. Interactions Among Plants

    3. Interactions Between Plants and Other Organisms

    4. Strategies

    5. Dynamics


    Name Index

    Species Index

    Subject Index

    Colour Plate Section Between Pages 180 and 181

Product details

  • No. of pages: 367
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: October 5, 2001
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549811
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780122577666

About the Authors

Alastair Fitter

Affiliations and Expertise

University of York, U.K.

Robert Hay

Affiliations and Expertise

Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, Edinburgh, Scotland

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