Plant Physiological Ecology

Field methods and instrumentation

  • Robert W. Pearcy
  • James R. Ehleringer
  • Harold A. Mooney
  • Philip W. Rundel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Robert W. Pearcy
    Pages 15-27
  3. Philip W. Rundel, Wesley M. Jarrell
    Pages 29-56
  4. Dan Binkley, Peter Vitousek
    Pages 75-96
  5. Robert W. Pearcy
    Pages 97-116
  6. James R. Ehleringer
    Pages 117-135
  7. Robert W. Pearcy, E.-Detlef Schulze, Reiner Zimmermann
    Pages 137-160
  8. Roger T. Koide, Robert H. Robichaux, Suzanne R. Morse, Celia M. Smith
    Pages 161-183
  9. F. Stuart Chapin III, Keith Van Cleve
    Pages 185-207
  10. Christopher B. Field, J. Timothy Ball, Joseph A. Berry
    Pages 209-253
  11. C. Barry Osmond, William W. Adams III, Stanley D. Smith
    Pages 255-280
  12. James R. Ehleringer, C. Barry Osmond
    Pages 281-300
  13. John M. Norman, Gaylon S. Campbell
    Pages 301-325
  14. Nona R. Chiariello, Harold A. Mooney, Kimberlyn Williams
    Pages 327-365
  15. Martyn M. Caldwell, Ross A. Virginia
    Pages 367-398
  16. William E. Winner, Carol S. Greitner
    Pages 399-425
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 427-457

About this book


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 under­ stand 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, however, they must be cognizant both of the underlying mechanisms as well as the consequences to ecological and evolutionary processes.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Pearcy
    • 1
  • James R. Ehleringer
    • 2
  • Harold A. Mooney
    • 3
  • Philip W. Rundel
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BotanyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  4. 4.Laboratory of Biomedical and Environmental Sciences and Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7496-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2221-1
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