Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000. — 472 p. — ISBN 978-0-412-40730-7.Physiological plant ecology is primarily concerned with the function and performance of plants in their environment. Within this broad focus, attempts are made on one hand to understand the underlying physiological, biochemical and molecular attributes of plants with respect to performance under the constraints imposed by the environment. On the other hand physiological ecology is also concerned with a more synthetic view which attempts to understand the distribution and success of plants measured in terms of the factors that promote long-term survival and reproduction in the environment. These concerns are not mutually exclusive but rather represent a continuum of research approaches. Osmond et al. (1980) have elegantly pointed this out in a space-time scale showing that the concerns of physiological ecology range from biochemical and organelle-scale events with time constants of a second or minutes to succession and evolutionary-scale events involving communities and ecosystems and thousands, if not millions, of years. The focus of physiological ecology is typically at the single leaf or root system level extending up to the whole plant. The time scale is on the order of minutes to a year. The activities of individual physiological ecologists extend in one direction or the other, but few if any are directly concerned with the whole space-time scale. In their work, fowever, they must be cognizant both of the underlying mechanisms as well as the consequences to ecological and evolutionary processes.Introduction Field data acquisition Water in the environment Measurement of wind speed near vegetation Soil nutrient availability Radiation and light measurements Temperature and energy budgets Measurement of transpiration and leaf conductance Plant water status, hydraulic resistance and capacitance Approaches to studying nutrient uptake, use and loss in plants Photosynthesis: principles and field techniques Crassulacean acid metabolism Stable isotopes Canopy structure Growth, carbon allocation and cost of plant tissues Root systems Field methods used for air pollution research with plants Appendix
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