© 1987

Soil~Plant Relationships

An Ecological Approach


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages iii-vii
  2. A plant-centred biological complex

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 3-17
    3. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 50-62
    4. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 91-93
  3. Environmental complexes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-96
    2. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 97-108
    3. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 109-128
    4. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 129-135
    5. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 136-149
  4. Interactions in the real world. Some case histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 175-184
    3. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 185-201
    4. David W. Jeffrey
      Pages 202-210

About this book


Soil-plant relationships once had a limited meaning. To the student of agriculture it meant creating optimum conditions for plant growth. To the ecologist it meant explaining some plant community distribu­ tion patterns by correlation with soil type or conditions. This dual view has been greatly expanded at an academic level by the discovery of the ecosystem as a practical working unit. A flood of concepts and information subsequently emerged from the International Biological Programme. At a totally different level of resolution, it is appreciated that certain soil-based ecological problems have a molecular basis, and must be addressed by physiological or biochemical approaches. From ecosystem to molecule we have powerful new tools to increase the flow of ecological data and process it for interpretation. Society is now experiencing a series of adverse global phenomena which demand an appreciation of soil-plant relationships. These include desertification leading to famine, soil degradation accom­ panying forest destruction, acidification of watersheds and the spasmodic dispersal of radionuclides and other pollutants. It is public policy, not merely to identify problems, but to seek strategies for minimising their ill effects. This book is written as a guide to soil-plant relationships, cen­ trally oriented towards ecology, but of interest to students of geo­ graphy and agriculture. For ecology students it will bring together subfields such as microbiology, plant physiology, systematics and pro­ vide interfaces with animal biology, meteorology and soil science.


atmosphere biology ecology ecosystem forest growth physiology plant plant growth plant physiology science soil soil science temperature water

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