This book delivers current state-of-the-science knowledge of tree ecophysiology, with particular emphasis on adaptation to a novel future physical and chemical environment. Unlike the focus of most books on the topic, this considers air chemistry changes (O3, NOx, and N deposition) in addition to elevated CO2 effects and its secondary effects of elevated temperature. The authors have addressed two systems essential for plant life: water handling capacity from the perspective of water transport; the coupling of xylem and phloem water potential and flow; water and nutrition uptake via likely changes in mycorrhizal relationships; control of water loss via stomata and its retention via cellular regulation; and within plant carbon dynamics from the perspective of environmental limitations to growth, allocation to defences, and changes in partitioning to respiration. The authors offer expert knowledge and insight to develop likely outcomes within the context of many unknowns. We offer this comprehensive analysis of tree responses and their capacity to respond to environmental changes to provide a better insight in understanding likelihood for survival, as well as planning for the future with long-lived, stationary organisms adapted to the past: trees.
Number of pages: 287
Weight: 613 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
Edition: 2014 ed.
"This volume, edited by Tausz (Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) and Grulke (USDA Forest Service), brings together a collection of 11 papers that address the physiological responses of trees to environmental change, and the ecological implications of those responses. ... Each chapter is well referenced to the primary literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (A. Richardson, Choice, Vol. 52 (8), April, 2015)
"The book offers an integrated, qualitative, and comprehensive analysis of the capacity of trees to respond to environmental changes, and will be of great interest to plant scientists, policy makers, and forest officials. ... `the authors in this book used their expert knowledge and insight to develop qualitative conclusions within the context of many unknowns'." (P. C. Abhilash, Vishal Tripathi, Rama Kant Dubey and Sheikh Adil Edrisi, Trends in Plant Science, February, 2015)