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Plant Ecology

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  • Presents even complex issues in an easily understandable way
  • Includes more than 500 high-quality illustrations, mostly in colour

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This completely updated and revised second edition provides a unique and up-to-date treatment of all aspects of plant ecology, making it an ideal textbook and reference work for students, researchers and practitioners.

More than 500 high-quality images and drawings, mostly in colour, aid readers’ understanding of various key topics, while the clear structure and straightforward style make it user friendly and particularly useful for students. Written by leading experts, it offers authoritative information, including relevant references.

While Plant Ecology primarily addresses graduate students in biology and ecology, it is also a valuable resource for post-graduate students and researchers in botany, environmental sciences and landscape ecology, as well as all those whose study or work touches on agriculture, forestry, land use, and landscape management.

Key Topics:

- Molecular ecophysiology (molecular stress physiology: light, temperature, oxygen deficiency, water deficit (drought), unfavorable soil mineral conditions, biotic stress)

- Physiological and biophysical plant ecology (ecophysiology of plants: thermal balance, water, nutrient, carbon relations)

- Ecosystem ecology (characteristics of ecosystems, approaches how to study and how to model terrestrial ecosystems, biogeochemical fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems)

- Community ecology and biological diversity (development of plant communities in time and space, interactions between plants and plant communities with the abiotic and the biotic environment, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning)

- Global ecology (global biogeochemical cycles, Dynamic Global Vegetation Models, global change and terrestrial ecosystems)

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Table of contents (23 chapters)

  1. Part I

  2. Part II

  3. Part III

Authors and Affiliations

  • Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany

    Ernst-Detlef Schulze

  • Department of Plant Physiology, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

    Erwin Beck, Stephan Clemens

  • Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    Nina Buchmann

  • Department of Biogeography, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany

    Klaus Müller-Hohenstein

  • Chair of Geobotany, Faculty of Biology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

About the authors

Ernst-Detlef Schulze

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Jena, Germany


Erwin Beck

University of Bayreuth

Department of Plant Physiology

Bayreuth, Germany


Nina Buchmann

ETH Zurich

Institute of Agricultural Science

Zurich, Switzerland



Stephan Clemens

University of Bayreuth

Department of Plant Physiology

Bayreuth, Germany


Klaus Müller-Hohenstein

University of Bayreuth

Department of Biogeography

Bayreuth, Germany


Michael Scherer-Lorenzen

University of Freiburg

Institute of Biology II

Freiburg, Germany


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