Plant Responses to Elevated CO2: Evidence from Natural Springs

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The rise in the concentration of CO[2 in the atmosphere since the start of industrialisation, and the associated global warming, has stimulated research into the response of plants to elevated levels of CO[2. Co2-emitting mineral springs provide a unique opportunity to consider vegetation which has endured over many generations at naturally elevated levels of CO2. This volume presents findings from a range of sites, which confirm the potential of these natural laboratories in the investigation of this important ...
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Overview

The rise in the concentration of CO[2 in the atmosphere since the start of industrialisation, and the associated global warming, has stimulated research into the response of plants to elevated levels of CO[2. Co2-emitting mineral springs provide a unique opportunity to consider vegetation which has endured over many generations at naturally elevated levels of CO2. This volume presents findings from a range of sites, which confirm the potential of these natural laboratories in the investigation of this important aspect of climate change.
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"Plant Responses is an excellent addition to the literature on the long-term impacts of elevated carbon dioxide on natural ecosystems...The set of contributors is top-notch, and the assemblage of topics covered is excellent...[T]his is a well-conceived and written book and an excellent resource work." Choice

"The rise in carbon dioxide levels resulting from fossil fuel consumption and deforestation concerns us all. There are social and economic factors to be considered as well as scientific. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gain perspective into the scientific aspects of this debate." Natural Areas Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521582032
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Sites of naturally elevated carbon dioxide 1
Migration in the ground of CO[subscript 2] and other volatile contaminants. Theory and survey 7
Levels of CO[subscript 2] leakage in relation to geology 21
CO[subscript 2] emission in volcanic areas: case histories and hazards 34
Controlled degassing of lakes with high CO[subscript 2] content in Cameroon: an opportunity for ecosystem CO[subscript 2]-enrichment experiments 45
Burning coal seams in southern Utah: a natural system for studies of plant responses to elevated CO[subscript 2] 56
Long-term effects of enhanced CO[subscript 2] concentrations on leaf gas exchange: research opportunities using CO[subscript 2] springs 69
Using Icelandic CO[subscript 2] springs to understand the long-term effects of elevated atmospheric CO[subscript 2] 87
Plant CO[subscript 2] responses in the long term: plants from CO[subscript 2] springs in Florida and tombs in Egypt 103
Acidophilic grass communities of CO[subscript 2] springs in central Italy: composition, structure and ecology 114
Studying morpho-physiological responses of Scirpus lacustris from naturally CO[subscript 2]-enriched environments 134
Carbon physiology of Quercus pubescens Wild, growing at the Bossoleto CO[subscript 2] spring in central Italy 148
Preliminary results on dissolved inorganic [superscript 13]C and [superscript 14]C content of a CO[subscript 2]-rich mineral spring of Catalonia (NE Spain) and of plants growing in its surroundings 165
The impact of elevated CO[subscript 2] on the growth of Agrostis canina and Plantago major adapted to contrasting CO[subscript 2] concentrations 174
Stomatal numbers in holm oak (Quercus ilex L.) leaves grown in naturally and artificially CO[subscript 2]-enriched environments 197
Effects of CO[subscript 2] on NH[subscript 4][superscript +] assimilation by Cyanidium caldarium, an acidophilic hot springs and hot soils unicellular alga 209
Can rising CO[subscript 2] alleviate oxidative risk for the plant cell? Testing the hypothesis under natural CO[subscript 2] enrichment 221
Increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO[subscript 2] and decomposition processes in forest ecosystems 242
Index 268
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