Ecophysiology of Economic Plants in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands / Edition 1

Ecophysiology of Economic Plants in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands / Edition 1

by Gerald E. Wickens
     
 

ISBN-10: 3540521712

ISBN-13: 9783540521716

Pub. Date: 09/02/1998

Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg

This book deals with arid and semi-arid environments and their classification, and the physiological restraints and adaptations of plants to the environment. Further, it discusses economic botany and the needs and methods of conserving economic plants. A broad view is taken regarding the definition of economic plants, taking into account their value to the

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This book deals with arid and semi-arid environments and their classification, and the physiological restraints and adaptations of plants to the environment. Further, it discusses economic botany and the needs and methods of conserving economic plants. A broad view is taken regarding the definition of economic plants, taking into account their value to the environment as well as to man and to livesk. The individual deserts and associated semi-arid regions are described in separate chapters, providing background information on the regional environments in terms of climate and major plant formations. The economic plants within these formations, their usages, geographical distribution together with their morphological and physiological adaptations are treated in detail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783540521716
Publisher:
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date:
09/02/1998
Series:
Adaptations of Desert Organisms Series
Edition description:
1998
Pages:
358
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

1Economic Plants, and Arid and Semi-Arid Lands of the World1
1.1Economic Botany1
2The Arid and Semi-Arid Environments of the World5
2.1The Environment5
3Arid and Semi-arid Regions and Ecosystems of the World17
3.1Saharo-Sindian Region17
3.2Horn of Africa40
3.3Southern Africa42
3.4South-Western Malagasy48
3.5Middle East49
3.6Central Asia53
3.7Arid Lands of China58
3.8Australia65
3.9North and Central America73
3.10Brazilian Caatinga91
4Ecophysiology, Nitrogen-Fixation and Plant Stress105
4.1Ecophysiology105
4.2Nitrogen-Fixation106
4.3Restraints and Adaptations of Plants to Arid Environments108
5Water Stress111
5.1Drought-Resistant Species112
5.2Drought-Tolerant Species120
6Temperature Stress123
6.1High Temperature Stress123
6.2Low Temperature Stress127
7Salt Stress131
8Photosynthesis137
8.1C[subscript 3] and C[subscript 4] Photosynthetic Pathways137
8.2Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM)139
9Plant Metabolites141
10Anatomical and Morphological Adaptations145
10.1General Anatomical and Morphological Adaptations146
10.2Cushion Plants153
10.3Non-succulents155
10.4Succulents158
11Selected Arid Land Plants: Their Ecophysiology and Uses161
References273
Taxonomic Indices297
Subject Index335

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