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Alpine Plant Life

Functional Plant Ecology of High Mountain Ecosystems

Textbook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Christian Körner
    Pages 1-22
  3. Christian Körner
    Pages 23-51
  4. Christian Körner
    Pages 53-64
  5. Christian Körner
    Pages 65-88
  6. Christian Körner
    Pages 89-118
  7. Christian Körner
    Pages 119-140
  8. Christian Körner
    Pages 141-173
  9. Christian Körner
    Pages 175-201
  10. Christian Körner
    Pages 203-236
  11. Christian Körner
    Pages 237-268
  12. Christian Körner
    Pages 269-308
  13. Christian Körner
    Pages 309-333
  14. Christian Körner
    Pages 335-353
  15. Christian Körner
    Pages 355-373
  16. Christian Körner
    Pages 375-394
  17. Christian Körner
    Pages 395-449
  18. Christian Körner
    Pages 451-483
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 485-500

About this book

Introduction

This book is a completely revised, substantially extended treatment of the physical and biological factors that drive life in high mountains. The book covers the characteristics of alpine plant life, alpine climate and soils, life under snow, stress tolerance, treeline ecology, plant water, carbon, and nutrient relations, plant growth and productivity, developmental processes, and two largely novel chapters on alpine plant reproduction and global change biology. The book explains why the topography driven exposure of plants to dramatic micro-climatic gradients over very short distances causes alpine biodiversity to be particularly robust against climatic change. Geographically, this book draws on examples from all parts of the world, including the tropics. This book is complemented with novel evidence and insight that emerged over the last 17 years of alpine plant research. The number of figures – mostly in color – nearly doubled, with many photographs providing a vivid impression of alpine plant life worldwide.

Christian Körner was born in 1949 in Austria, received his academic education at the University of Innsbruck, and was full professor of Botany at the University of Basel from 1989 to 2014. As emeritus Professor he is continuing alpine plant research in the Swiss Alps.

Keywords

alpine ecology ecosystem high mountains plant ecology alpine climate alpine treelines cold stress alpine soils life under snow carbon reserve formation plant biomass production climate change drought stress

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences (Botany)University of BaselBaselSwitzerland

About the authors

Christian Körner was born in 1949 in Austria, received his academic education at the University of Innsbruck, and was full professor of Botany at the University of Basel from 1989 to 2014. As emeritus Professor he is continuing alpine plant research in the Swiss Alps.

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