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This introduction to the features of the atmospheric environment is of particular relevance to plants and describes the physical and physiological principles required for understanding their interaction with the environment.
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Overview

This introduction to the features of the atmospheric environment is of particular relevance to plants and describes the physical and physiological principles required for understanding their interaction with the environment.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521270168
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1983
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Frontispiece
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Acknowledgements
Main symbols and abbreviations
1 A quantitative approach to plant-environment interactions 1
Modelling 1
Use of experiments 6
2 Radiation 9
Radiation laws 10
Radiation measurement 19
Radiation in natural environments 21
Radiation in plant communities 30
Radiation distribution within plant canopies 32
Indirect methods for determining canopy structure 42
Sample problems 44
3 Heat, mass and momentum transfer 46
Measures of concentration 46
Molecular transport processes 48
Convective and turbulent transfer 57
Transfer processes within and above plant canopies 65
Sample problems 71
4 Plant water relations 72
Physical and chemical properties of water 72
Cell water relations 77
Measurement of plant water status 82
Hydraulic flow 88
Liquid phase transport processes 102
Sample problems 104
5 Energy balance and evaporation 106
Energy balance 106
Measures of water vapour concentration 109
Evaporation 112
Evaporation from plant communities 120
Estimating evaporation rates 124
Dew 128
Sample problems 130
6 Stomata 131
Distribution of stomata 131
Stomatal mechanics 133
Methods of study 137
Stomatal response to environment 145
Sample problems 161
7 Photosynthesis and respiration 163
Photosynthesis 163
Respiration 171
Measurement and analysis of CO2 exchange 176
Chlorophyll fluorescence 179
Control of photosynthesis 185
Carbon isotope discrimination 193
Response to environment 195
Photosynthetic models, efficiency and productivity 203
Evolutionary and ecological aspects 211
Sample problems 214
8 Light and plant development 215
Sample problem 230
9 Temperature 231
Physical basis of the control of tissue temperature 231
Physiological effects of temperature 239
Effects of temperature on plant development 246
High temperature injury 250
Low temperature injury 251
Ecological aspects 256
Sample problems 263
10 Drought and drought tolerance 264
Plant water deficits and physiological processes 264
Drought tolerance 269
Further analysis of water use efficiency 279
Crop water stress index 293
11 Wind, altitude, carbon dioxide and atmospheric pollutants 296
Wind 296
Altitude 306
Greenhouse effect 313
Atmospheric pollutants 324
12 Physiology and yield improvement 332
Variety improvement 334
Modelling and determination of crop ideotype 339
Development of screening tests 344
Examples of applications 346
Appendixes 355
References 377
Index 413
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