This book is an exploration of the latest insights into the theory and functioning of plant resource allocation. An international team of physiological ecologists has prepared chapters devoted to the fundamental topics of resource allocation.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of resource allocation in plants * All contributors are leaders in their respective fields


Advanced undergraduate, graduate faculty, and researchers in ecology, physiological ecology, plant science, agriculture, and environmental sciences.

Table of Contents

F.A. Bazzaz, Allocation of Resources. H. Poorter and R. Villar, The Fate of Acquired Carbon in Plants. H. Heilmeier, M. Erhard, and E.-D. Schulze, Biomass Allocation and Water Use under Arid Conditions. M.Gerber, M.A. Watson, and H. de Kroon, Organ Preformation, Development, and Resource Allocation in Perennial Plants. R.M. Sibly and J.F.V. Vincent, Optimality Approaches to Resource Allocation in Woody Tissues. M.J. Hutchings, Resource Allocation Patterns and Their Consequences for Growth. E.G. Reekie, Tradeoffs between Reproduction and Growth Influence Time of Reproduction. P.G.L. Klinkhamer and T.J. de Long, Size-Dependent Allocation to Male and Female Reproduction. D. Ackerly, Allocation, Leaf Display and Growth in Fluctuating Light Environments. M. Lerdau and J. Gershenzon, Allocation Theory and Chemical Defense. J. Grace, Towards Models of Resource Allocation by Plants. Subject Index.


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About the editors

Fakhri Bazzaz

Affiliations and Expertise

The Biological Laboratories, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

John Grace

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Forestry & Ecological Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, U.K.


@qu:"...a timely book, covering a range of approaches to its subject. The book rightly emphasized the potential problems with the optimal allocation approach and its progeny, the cost-benefit analysis of allocation. There is also appropriate emphasis on the possibility that, even if optimal allocation is a major outcome of natural selection, it is not completely expressed because of adaptive or acclimatory constraints. ...a readable, authoritative and stimulating account of an important subject area. The editors are to be congratulated on assembling this volume, and not least for their two excellent 'bookend' chapters." @source:--TREE @qu:"[The] introductory chapter draws together explicitly the conclusions of the other chapters and even proposes mechamisms by which the phenomena described by the chapter authors may be integrated physiologically by the plant. This is unusual in an edited volume; I wish it were emulated by more editors. The other chapters are generally of high quality, either in terms of ideas or findings. The volume nicely summarizes much of the current state of work and confusion on plant resource allocation. It would provide a good introduction to the field for a graduate student developing a thesis project, or a graduate seminar. The work is presented is often fascinating, and raises interesting questions. Read with an open mind, this book should open some mental doors on exciting frontiers in plant physiological ecology." @source:--ECOLOGY