Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology

Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology

3rd Edition - January 24, 2005

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  • Author: Park Nobel
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080455112

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The new edition of Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology uses elementary chemistry, physics, and mathematics to explain and develop key concepts in plant physiology. In fundamental ways, all physiological processes that occur in cells, tissues, organs, and organisms obey such relations. Topics include diffusion, membranes, water relations, ion transport, photochemistry, bioenergetics of energy conversion, photosynthesis, environmental influences on plant temperature, and gas exchange for leaves and whole plants. This new edition maintains the unparalleled commitment to clear presentation and improves upon the user friendliness of the previous versions.

Key Features

  • All illustrations have been redrawn, many in two-color
  • New material includes: 14 new figures, 100 new references, 20 new equations and considerable new and revised text
  • Extensive cross-referencing with a simpler system for chapter sections and subsections
  • Easy-to-use format including major equations being presented at the beginning of each chapter, and calculations presented outside of the chapter text


Junior/Senior Undergraduates and Graduates studying Plant Physiology, Plant Physiological Ecology, Physicochemical Biology, Environmental Biology, Plant Biophysics, Cell Biology, Advanced Topics in Plant Physiology as well as faculty and researchers interested in plant sciences and environmental sciences.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Symbols and Abbreviations
    1 Cells and Diffusion
    2 Water
    3 Solutes
    4 Light
    5 Photochemistry of Photosynthesis
    6 Bioenergetics
    7 Temperature and Energy Budgets
    8 Leaves and Fluxes
    9 Plants and Fluxes
    Solutions to Problems
    Appendix I
    Appendix II
    Appendix III
    Appendix IV

Product details

  • No. of pages: 540
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: January 24, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080455112

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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