The Ecophysiology of Plant-Phosphorus Interactions

  • Philip J. White
  • John P. Hammond

Part of the Plant Ecophysiology book series (KLEC, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Holm Tiessen
    Pages 1-7
  3. Gabrielle Thiébaut
    Pages 31-49
  4. Philip J. White, John P. Hammond
    Pages 51-81
  5. Jonathan P. Lynch, Kathleen M. Brown
    Pages 83-116
  6. Carroll P. Vance
    Pages 117-142
  7. José-Miguel Barea, Nuria Ferrol, Concepción Azcón-Aguilar, Rosario Azcón
    Pages 143-163
  8. Ernest A. Kirkby, A. Edward (Johnny) Johnston
    Pages 177-223
  9. John P. Hammond, Philip J. White
    Pages 225-246
  10. Timothy S. George, Alan E. Richardson
    Pages 247-270
  11. John A. Raven
    Pages 271-283
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 285-289

About this book


Phosphorus (P) is an essential macronutrient for plant growth. It is as phosphate that plants take up P from the soil solution. Since little phosphate is available to plants in most soils, plants have evolved a range of mechanisms to acquire and use P efficiently – including the development of symbiotic relationships that help them access sources of phosphorus beyond the plant’s own range. At the same time, in agricultural systems, applications of inorganic phosphate fertilizers aimed at overcoming phosphate limitation are unsustainable and can cause pollution.

This latest volume in Springer’s Plant Ecophysiology series takes an in-depth look at these diverse plant-phosphorus interactions in natural and agricultural environments, presenting a series of critical reviews on the current status of research. In particular, the book presents a wealth of information on the genetic and phenotypic variation in natural plant ecosystems adapted to low P availability, which could be of particular relevance to developing new crop varieties with enhanced abilities to grow under P-limiting conditions.

The book provides a valuable reference material for graduates and research scientists working in the field of plant-phosphorus interactions, as well as for those working in plant breeding and sustainable agricultural development.


Adaptation Agriculture Ecology Marsch Phosphor Phosphorus Plant Symbiose breeding crop plants crops microorganism physiology plant breeding rhizosphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Philip J. White
    • 1
  • John P. Hammond
    • 2
  1. 1.Scottish Crop Research InstituteUK
  2. 2.University of WarwickUK

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