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Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780128191460, 9780128191477

Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology

5th Edition

Author: Park Nobel
eBook ISBN: 9780128191477
Paperback ISBN: 9780128191460
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 7th January 2020
Page Count: 676
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Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology, Fifth Edition, is the updated version of an established and successful text and reference for plant scientists. This work represents the seventh book in a 50-year series by Park Nobel beginning in 1970. The original structure and philosophy of the book continue in this new edition, providing a genuine synthesis of modern physicochemical and physiological thinking, while updating the content. Key concepts in plant physiology are developed with the use of chemistry, physics, and mathematics fundamentals.

The book contains plant physiology basics while also including many equations and often their derivation to quantify the processes and explain why certain effects and pathways occur, helping readers to broaden their knowledge base. New topics included in this edition are advances in plant hydraulics, other plant–water relations, and the effects of climate change on plants. This series continues to be the gold standard in environmental plant physiology.

Key Features

  • Describes the chemical and the physical principles behind plant physiological processes
  • Provides key equations for each chapter and solutions for the problems on each topic
  • Includes features that enhances the utility of the book for self-study such as problems after each chapter and the 45-page section "Solution to Problems" at the end of the book
  • Includes appendices with conversation factors, constants/coefficients, abbreviations, and symbols

New to this edition:

  • The scientific fields and the nationalities of the more than 115 scientists mentioned in the book, providing a nice personal touch
  • While adding over 100 new or updated references, reference of special importance historically are retained, showing how science has advanced over the ages
  • The often challenging problems at the end of each chapter provide an important test of the mastery of the topics covered. Moreover, the solutions to the problems are presented in detail at the end of the book. The book can thus be used in courses but also especially useful for students or other persons studying this often difficult material on their own
  • Finally and most important, the fifth edition continues the emphasis of a quantitative approach begun fifty years ago by Park Nobel (1970) with the publication of his first book in the series. Over the next fifty years from 1970 to 2020, the author has gained considerable experience on how to present quantitative and often abstract material to students. This edition is most likely the final version in the series, which not only covers some of his unique contributions but also has helped countless students and colleagues appreciate the power and insight gained into biology from calculations!


Upper-level students and researchers studying plant physiology, physical chemical biology, plant physiological ecology, physicochemical biology, environmental biology, plant biophysics and cell biology; scientists, and academics interested in plant sciences and environmental sciences

Table of Contents

1. Cells and Diffusion
2. Water
3. Solutes
4. Lights
5. Photochemistry of Photosynthesis
6. Bioenergetics
7. Temperature and Energy Budgets
8. Leaves and Fluxes
9. Plants and Fluxes

Solutions To Problems

I. Numerical Values of Constants and Coefficients
II. Conversion Factors and Definitions
III. Mathematical Relations
IV. Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical Potential


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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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