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Physiological Plant Ecology

Ecophysiology and Stress Physiology of Functional Groups


  • Completely revised and updated new edition of the successful advanced text, an indispensable source for all advanced students in the plant sciences

  • Includes supplementary material:

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About this book

From the reviews of the 3rd edition: "The textbook of Walter Larcher (...) belongs certainly to the most successful manuals that ever existed." (Photosynthetica, Czech Republic)
"(...) it continues to be one of the major texts in the field of ecophysiology."(Plant Growth Regulation, The Netherlands)
"This book is really a must reading for those interested in sustainable forestry." (Journal of Sustainable Forestry, USA)
"The book, (...), should be on the shelf of any scientist, teacher, or student seeking an introduction to the field of plant ecophysiology that is also an excellent reference." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, USA)


  • Biodiversity
  • Ecophysiology
  • Environmental Botany
  • Geobotanik
  • Pflanzen
  • Stress physiology
  • Stressphysiologie
  • Umwelt
  • plants
  • Ökophysiologie


From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"The well known … Walter Larcher recently appeared in its fourth English edition. … all sections have been completely revised and updated with current state-of-the-art knowledge. … As a new feature, the text of the 4th edition contains 12 boxes with short contributions … . has already become an institution and its high value as textbook for students and as reference volume for scientists remains absolutely indisputable. … a keystone textbook for any student, teacher and researcher in the field of plant ecology." (Wolfram Beyschlag, Phytocoenologica Intl. J. Vegetation Ecology, Vol. 34(1), 2004)

"The new edition has been completely revised and updated with current state-of-the-art knowledge. New in the current edition are contributions by experienced experts … . The complex of tables, schemes, illustrations, and particularly numerous references has clearly been prepared with care. This is, without a doubt, a valuable contribution, able to fully meet the needs of scholars, researchers and upper level students of plant physiology and ecology." (P.L. Pisani, Advances in Horticultural Science, Vol. 17(3), 2003)

"This book has already become an institution in the domain, and serves as textbook for teaching and for initiating young scientists … . This new edition has been revised in depth, and enriched by synthetic contributions … . the book is one of the most useful introductions into the field and will be of interest for students as a very exhaustive overview. … The different topics are very nicely illustrated and commented, and up to date literature … ." (Erwin Dreyer, Annals of Forest Science, 2003)

"The book was enlarged by extended new areas, gathered in the boxes, with separate references at the end of the book. The information there is a contribution of invited authors – experienced specialists in recent physiological and environmental research. … The main structure of the book … was left unchanged. … The new list of abbreviations is more complete than the previous one. … I can summarize with a very personal conclusion – it is still the best ecophysiological study book in my professional life." (Anna Dzierzynska, Acta Physiologiae Plantarum, Vol. 25(2), 2003)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Inst. Botanik, Univ. Innsbruck Fak. Naturwissenschaften, Innsbruck, Austria

    Walter Larcher

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Physiological Plant Ecology

  • Book Subtitle: Ecophysiology and Stress Physiology of Functional Groups

  • Authors: Walter Larcher

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-540-43516-7Published: 22 January 2003

  • Edition Number: 4

  • Number of Pages: XX, 514

  • Topics: Ecology, Plant Science

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)