Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology

Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology

1st Edition - March 1, 1991

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  • Author: Park Nobel
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323137614

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This text is the successor volume to Biophysical Plant Physiology and Ecology (W.H. Freeman, 1983). The content has been extensively updated based on the growing quantity and quality of plant research, including cell growth and water relations, membrane channels, mechanisms of active transport, and the bioenergetics of chloroplasts and mitochondria. One-third of the figures are new or modified, over 190 new references are incorporated, the appendixes on constants and conversion factors have doubled the number of entries, and the solutions to problems are given for the first time. Many other changes have emanated from the best laboratory for any book, the classroom.

Key Features

· Covers water relations and ion transport for plant cells; diffusion, chemical potential gradients, solute movement in and out of plant cells
· Covers interconnection of various energy forms; light, chlorophyll and accessory photosynthesis pigments, ATP and NADPH
· Covers forms in which energy and matter enter and leave a plant; energy budget analysis, water vapor and carbon dioxide, water movement from soil to plant to atmosphere


Researchers, teachers, and students in plant physiology, physiological ecology, bioenergetics, cell biology, and agronomy.

Table of Contents

  • Cells and Diffusion. Water. Solutes. Light. Photochemistry of Photosynthesis. Bioenergetics. Temperature-Energy Budgets. Leaves and Fluxes. Plants and Fluxes. Appendixes. Each chapter includes references. Solutions to Problems. Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 635
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1991
  • Published: March 1, 1991
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323137614

About the Author

Park Nobel

Park S. Nobel is the Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His early career focused on cell physiology, especially chloroplasts, and his first book was entitled Plant Cell Physiology: A Physicochemical Approach (W.H. Freeman, 1970). He eventually shifted toward plant physiological ecology and has written six books on the subject that have been cited extensively. Besides writing these texts, he has published six books on agaves and cacti. He has also authored nearly 400 scientific research articles and reviews. Dr. Nobel has developed original equations for the air boundary layers surrounding cylinders and spheres and has championed the importance of the mesophyll surface area per unit leaf area, Ames/A. Other research topics have included the importance of shallow root distribution for taking advantage of light desert rainfalls and the influences of an air gap developing around roots during drought on root-soil water movement.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Professor of Biology Emeritus, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,University of California, Los Angeles, USA

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