Trees at their Upper Limit

Treelife Limitation at the Alpine Timberline

  • Gerhard Wieser
  • Michael Tausz

Part of the Plant Ecophysiology book series (KLEC, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Gerhard Wieser, Michael Tausz
    Pages 1-18
  3. Gerhard Wieser
    Pages 19-36
  4. Dieter Stöhr
    Pages 37-56
  5. Brigitta Erschbamer, Susanne Wallnöfer
    Pages 67-78
  6. Walter Oberhuber
    Pages 131-143
  7. Stefan Mayr
    Pages 145-162
  8. Helmut Bauer, Christian Schwaninger
    Pages 163-170
  9. Gilbert Neuner
    Pages 171-180
  10. Michael Tausz
    Pages 181-195
  11. Gerhard Wieser
    Pages 197-217
  12. Gerhard Wieser, Michael Tausz
    Pages 219-223
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 225-232

About this book


Emerging from decades of intensive research into alpine timberlines, Trees at their Upper Limit presents a complete modern synthesis of current knowledge on the ecophysiology of tree growth and survival on high mountains in Europe.

Including chapters on soil properties and the role or mycorrhiza, carbon assimilation and allocation, phytopathogens, and the impact of global change on photooxidative stress, the book builds on Tranquillini’s landmark 1979 publication, Physiological Ecology of the Alpine Timberline. By combining new techniques and insights with existing core knowledge the authors explore a range of current hypotheses on tree life limitation to promote a greater understanding of the underlying mechanisms determining the upper timberline.

Amid growing realization that high elevation forests have a crucial role to play in protection against natural hazards, this book represents a timely contribution to the current literature on timberline research. Drawing together more than 25 years of work, this unique book sets a new standard on the ecophysiology of trees growing at the alpine timberline. Edited by field leaders Gerhard Wieser and Michael Tausz, the book will appeal to researchers and advanced students in the fields of botany, ecology and plant ecophysiology, as well as to a wider audience interested in understanding the responses of the timberline ecotone to climatic and demographic change.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard Wieser
    • 1
  • Michael Tausz
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal Research and Training Centre for ForestsNatural Hazards and Landscape (BFW)Austria
  2. 2.The University of MelbourneCreswickAustralia

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