Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology

  • Stephen S. Mulkey
  • Robin L. Chazdon
  • Alan P. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Resource Acquisition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-3
    2. Photosynthesis

      1. Robin L. Chazdon, Robert W. Pearcy, David W. Lee, Ned Fetcher
        Pages 5-55
      2. Ernesto Medina
        Pages 56-88
      3. Gerhard Zotz, Klaus Winter
        Pages 89-113
      4. Frederick C. Meinzer, Guillermo Goldstein
        Pages 114-138
      5. Silvia Strauss-Deberiedetti, Fakhri A. Bazzaz
        Pages 162-186
    3. Water Relations

      1. Stephen S. Mulkey, S. Joseph Wright
        Pages 187-216
      2. Melvin T. Tyree, Frank W. Ewers
        Pages 217-243
      3. Guillermo Goldstein, Frederick C. Meinzer, Leonel da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, Paula Jackson, Jaime Cavelier, N. Michele Holbrook
        Pages 244-267
    4. Acquisition of Soil Resources

      1. Robert L. Sanford Jr., Elvira Cuevas
        Pages 268-300
  3. Ecophysiological Aspects of Species Interactions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-303
    2. Phyllis D. Coley, Thomas A. Kursar
      Pages 337-362
  4. Ecophysiological Patterns across Tropical Forest Communities

  5. Ecophysiology of Forest Regeneration and Succession

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 531-533
    2. C. Vázquez-Yanes, A. Orozco-Segovia
      Pages 535-558
    3. Kaoru Kitajima
      Pages 559-596
    4. Arthur L. Fredeen, Christopher B. Field
      Pages 597-618
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 659-675

About this book


Taking readers out of the laboratory and into the humid tropical forests, this comprehensive volume explores the most recent advances occurring in tropical plant ecophysiology. Drawing on the knowledge of leading practitioners in the field, this book synthesizes a broad range of information on the ways in which tropical plants adapt to their environment and demonstrate unique physiological processes.
This book is arranged into four sections which cover resource acquisition, species interactions, ecophysiological patterns within and among tropical forest communities, and the ecophysiology of forest regeneration. These sections describe plant function in relation to ecology across a wide spectrum of tropical forest species and growth forms. How do different species harvest and utilize resources from heterogeneous tropical environments? How do patterns of functional diversity reflect the overwhelming taxonomic and morphological diversity of tropical forest plants? Such fundamental questions are examined in rich detail. To illuminate the discussions further, every chapter in this book features an agenda for future research, extensive cross referencing, timely references, and the integration of ecophysiology and the demography of tropical species where the data exist. Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology provides plant scientists, botanists, researchers, and graduate students with important insights into the behavior of tropical plants. Biologists and foresters interested in tropical ecology and plant physiological ecologists will also benefit from this authoritative and timely resource.


Mangrove carbon ecology ecophysiology environment forest photosynthesis physiology plant soil tropical forests water

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen S. Mulkey
    • 1
  • Robin L. Chazdon
    • 2
  • Alan P. Smith
  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of Missouri, St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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