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Physiological Plant Ecology IV

Ecosystem Processes: Mineral Cycling, Productivity and Man’s Influence

  • O. L. Lange
  • P. S. Nobel
  • C. B. Osmond
  • H. Ziegler

Part of the Encyclopedia of Plant Physiology book series (PLANT, volume 12 / D)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. O. L. Lange, P. S. Nobel, C. B. Osmond, H. Ziegler
    Pages 1-3
  3. A. Melzer, Ch. Steinberg
    Pages 47-84
  4. T. R. Parsons, P. J. Harrison
    Pages 85-115
  5. F. W. T. Penning De Vries
    Pages 117-150
  6. R. S. Loomis
    Pages 151-172
  7. L. L. Tieszen, J. K. Detling
    Pages 173-203
  8. J. Ehleringer, H. A. Mooney
    Pages 205-231
  9. P. G. Jarvis, J. W. Leverenz
    Pages 233-280
  10. E. Medina, H. Klinge
    Pages 281-303
  11. W. R. Boynton, C. A. Hall, P. G. Falkowski, C. W. Keefe, W. M. Kemp
    Pages 305-327
  12. K. J. Lendzian, M. H. Unsworth
    Pages 465-502
  13. D. M. Gates, B. R. Strain, J. A. Weber
    Pages 503-526
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 549-646

About this book

Introduction

O. L. LANGE, P. S. NOBEL, C. B. OSMOND, and H. ZIEGLER In the last volume of the series 'Physiological Plant Ecology' we have asked contributors to address the bases of ecosystem processes in terms of key plant physiological properties. It has often been suggested that it is not profitable to attempt analysis of complex living systems in terms of the properties of component individuals or populations, i. e. , the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, assessments of ecological research over the last century show that other approaches are seldom more helpful. Although it is possible to describe complex systems of living organisms in holistic terms, the most useful descriptions are found in terms of the birth, growth and death of individ­ uals. This allows analysis of performance of the parts of the whole considering their synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships and is the basis for a synthe­ sis which elucidates the specific properties of a system. Thus it seems that the description of ecosystem processes is inevitably anchored in physiological under­ standing. If enquiry into complex living systems is to remain a scientific exercise, it must retain tangible links with physiology. Of course, as was emphasized in Vol. 12A, not all of our physiological understanding is required to explore ecosystem processes. For pragmatic purposes, the whole may be adequantely represented as a good deal less than the sum of its parts.

Keywords

ecology ecosystem ecosystem processes physiology plant Ökosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • O. L. Lange
    • 1
  • P. S. Nobel
    • 2
  • C. B. Osmond
    • 3
  • H. Ziegler
    • 4
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für Botanik II der Universität WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Environmental Biology, Research School of Biological SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberra CityAustralia
  4. 4.Institut für Botanik und Mikrobiologie der Technischen Universität MünchenMünchen 2Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-68156-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68158-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68156-1
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