This rigorous yet accessible text introduces the key physical and biochemical processes involved in plant interactions with the aerial environment. It is designed to make the more numerical aspects of the subject accessible to plant and environmental science students, and will also provide a valuable reference source to practitioners and researchers in the field. The third edition of this widely recognised text has been completely revised and updated to take account of key developments in the field. Approximately half of the references are new to this edition and relevant online resources are also incorporated for the first time. The recent proliferation of molecular and genetic research on plants is related to whole plant responses, showing how these new approaches can advance our understanding of the biophysical interactions between plants and the atmosphere. Remote sensing technologies and their applications in the study of plant function are also covered in greater detail.
Hamlyn G. Jones is Emeritus Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Dundee. His research uses experimental approaches and mathematical modelling to investigate the characteristics that enable plants to be adapted to specific environments and to tolerate environmental stress.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Detailed glossary of symbols and abbreviations; 1. A quantitative approach to plant-environment interactions; 2. Radiation; 3. Heat, mass and momentum transfer; 4. Plant water relations; 5. Energy balance and evaporation; 6. Stomata; 7. Photosynthesis and respiration; 8. Light and plant development; 9. Temperature; 10. Drought and other abiotic stresses; 11. Other environmental factors: wind, altitude, climate change and pollutants; 12. Physiology and crop yield improvement; Appendices; References; Index.