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The functioning of all living systems obeys the laws of physics in fundamental ways. This is true for all physiological processes that occur inside cells, tissues, organs, and organisms. The new edition of Park Nobel's classic text has been revised in an unprecedented fashion, while still remaining user-friendly and clearly presented. Certain to maintain its leading role in teaching general and comparative physiological principles, Physicochemical and Environmental Plant Physiology now establishes a new standard of excellence in teaching advanced physiology.

The book covers water relations and ion transport for plant cells, including diffusion, chemical potential gradients, and solute movement in and out of plant cells. It also presents the interconnection of various energy forms, such as light, chlorophyll and accessory photosynthesis pigments, and ATP and NADPH. Additionally, the book describes the forms in which energy and matter enter and leave a plant, for example: energy budget analysis, water vapor and carbon dioxide, and water movement from soil to plant to atmosphere.

Improvements over the earlier edition:
* More than 450 updated references
* Thoroughly revised figures
* Revised calculations in all chapters
* Thorough text revisions intended to improve clarity of presentation
* Especially improved treatment of bioenergetics, and gas and water fluxes
* Established and classic equations now presented in a convenient reference list in the front of the book
* Reformatted problems with worked-out solutions
* Appendices with conversion factors and constants

PUBCOMMENT: Praise for the First Edition
"The best available source for the student or researcher to learn or to review the physical aspects of the majority of plant-physiological processes." (QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY)

"The 540 pages of the text are crammed with information and analysis...The book contains an enormous amount of information, carefully presented and well discussed. One of the strengths is the use made of examples and, as mentioned, the quantitative approach. An important feature is the inclusion of numerical problems at the end of chapters which certainly tax the understanding gained from the information in the text...Another useful feature of the book is the extensive appendices, with numerical values of constants and coefficients, conversion factors and definitions...Essential reading for students of biology, particularly the ecological and environmental sciences with interest in the plant component. It is a valuable, well-established text concerned with basic principles and, therefore, should be useful to all who wish to understand how plant systems are structured, how they function and are regulated and controlled in particular environments. This text will be valuable to undergraduate students of ecology, environmental sciences, and biology and should be read by biochemists as well...Should be available in every library." (ANNALS OF BOTANY)

"Nobel's books are widely acknowledged for their outstanding rigour and clarity of exposition, and the excellence of the examples of plant behaviour with which he illustrates points...In total, these chapters, with the appendices and lists of symbols and abbreviations, provide a very sound and up-to-date account of the physicochemical bases of transport and (photo-) chemical transformation processes in plants and their environment. The development of the quantitative arguments is very carefully executed...The exposition is aided by the worked examples in the text, and by the numerical problems at the end of each chapter. For the first time in this sequence of books, the solutions to the problems are
given (at the end of the book)...[I] wish to convey my gratitude to Park Nobel for having succeeded in the extremely difficult task of making this latest book not only more up-to-date, but even clearer and more user-friendly than the earlier books. No other text so effectively integrates the cellular biophysical aspects of energy transformations and transport processes with the more environmental (largely terrestrial) ways of applying physicochemical principles to the study of plant performance. The book deserves to be widely read and will be of great use for a substantial time." (PLANT, CELL AND ENVIRONMENT)

"A 'must' for any advanced course on plant physiological ecology and environmental physiology." (J. Rozema, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

"The book is probably more accessible to students now than ever before...It is the author's concern for its teaching value that has set this book apart over the years...The style and content make this book unique among textbooks in plant physiology...The book is unique in its careful development of physiochemical principles across a wide spectrum in plant physiology. It is truly inspiring to realize that Park Nobel has produced such an important book over the years while maintaining one of the most prolific research programs in plant ecophysiology worldwide." (PLANT SCIENCE BULLETIN)

"Nobel's text, in its various incarnations, has long provided a relatively painless introduction to topics such as diffusion, chemical potentials, active transport, carbon and water fluxes, and energy budgets. It has been accessible to students with little prior training in thermodynamics, physics, or chemistry; its success is attested to by the fact that there really is little in the way of direct competition for the topics it covers. The recent revision maintains the focus of the previous ones, being concerned more with basic concepts than with detailed experimental data, though there is excellent guidance given on the values and ranges of many important physiological parameters...If anyone is capable of helping readers develop this understanding, it is Park Nobel." (ECOLOGY)

"...thoroughly revised, containing over 450 updated referenses, enhanced coverage of bioenergetics and gas and water fluxes, revised figures, reformatted problems & solutions, new information on root properties, and more."

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Editorial Reviews

A primary objective of this text is to use elementary chemistry, physics, and mathematics to explain and develop concepts that are key to an understanding of various areas of plant physiology in particular and physiology in general. This version has evolved from three W.H. Freeman predecessors: Plant cell physiology; a physicochemical approach (1970), Introduction to biophysical plant physiology (1974), and Biophysical plant physiology and ecology (1983). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780125200219
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 635

Table of Contents

Symbols and Abbreviations
Representative Principal Equations
1 Cells and Diffusion 1
2 Water 36
3 Solutes 81
4 Light 142
5 Photochemistry of Photosynthesis 183
6 Bioenergetics 222
7 Temperature-Energy Budgets 257
8 Leaves and Fluxes 293
9 Plants and Fluxes 350
Solutions to Problems 403
App. I Numerical Values of Constants and Coefficients 439
App. II Conversion Factors and Definitions 445
App. III Mathematical Relations 449
App. IV Gibbs Free Energy and Chemical Potential 453
Index 461
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