I: Resource acquisition; Photosynthesis; Photosynthetic responses of tropical forest plants to contrasting light environments-- R. Chazdon, R. Pearcy, D. Lee, N. Fetcher; CAM and C4 plants in the humid tropics-- E. Medina; Diel patterns of CO2 exchange in rainforest canopy plants-- G. Zotz, K. Winter; Scaling up from leaves to whole plants and canopies for photosynthetic gas exchange-- F. Meizner, G. Goldstein; On the relationship of plant geometry and photosynthetic response-- T. Herbert; Photosynthetic characteristics of tropical trees along successional gradients -- S. Strauss-Debenedetti, F. Bazzaz; Water Relations: Influence of seasonal drought on the carbon balance of tropical forest plants-- S.S. Mulkey, S. Wright; Hydraulic architecture of woody tropical plants-- M. Tyree, F. Ewers; Evaluating aspects of water economy and photosynthetic performance with stable isotopes from water and organic matter-- G. Goldstein, F. Meinzer, L. Sternberg, P. Jackson, J. Cavelier, N. Holbrook; Acquisition of soil resources; Root growth and rhizosphere interactions in tropical forests-- R. Sanford Jr., E. Cuevas; II: Ecophysiological aspects of species interactions; Anti-herbivore defenses of young tropical leaves: physiological constraints and ecological trade-offs-- P. Coley, T. Kursar; Causes and consequences of epiphyll colonization-- P. Coley, T. Kursar; Physiology of tropical vines and hemiepiphytes: plants that climb up and plants that climb down-- N. Holbrook, F. Putz; III: Ecophysiological patterns across tropical forest communities; Environmental factors and ecophysiological processes along altitudinal gradients in wet tropical mountains-- J. Cavelier; Phenological responses to seasonality in tropical forest plants-- S. Wright; Comparative ecophysiology of Mangrove forest and tropical lowland moist rainforest -- M. Ball; Ecotypic variation in the physiology of tropical plants-- K. Hogan; IV: Ecophysiology of forestregeneration and succession; Physiological ecology of seed dormancy and longevity-- C. Vazquez-Yanes, A. Orozco-Segovia; Ecophysiology of tropical tree seedlings-- K. Kitajima; Ecophysiological constraints on the distribution of Piper species-- A. Fredeen, C. Field; Canopy structure and dynamics: integration of growth processes in tropical pioneer trees-- D. Ackerly.
Taking readers out of the laboratory and into the humid tropical forests, this comprehensive volume explores the most recent advances occurring in tropical plant ecophysiology. Drawing on the knowledge of leading practitioners in the field, this book synthesizes a broad range of information on the ways in which tropical plants adapt to their environment and demonstrate unique physiological processes.
This book is arranged into four sections which cover resource acquisition, species interactions, ecophysiological patterns within and among tropical forest communities, and the ecophysiology of forest regeneration. These sections describe plant function in relation to ecology across a wide spectrum of tropical forest species and growth forms. How do different species harvest and utilize resources from heterogeneous tropical environments? How do patterns of functional diversity reflect the overwhelming taxonomic and morphological diversity of tropical forest plants? Such fundamental questions are examined in rich detail. To illuminate the discussions further, every chapter in this book features an agenda for future research, extensive cross referencing, timely references, and the integration of ecophysiology and the demography of tropical species where the data exist. Tropical Forest Plant Ecophysiology provides plant scientists, botanists, researchers, and graduate students with important insights into the behavior of tropical plants. Biologists and foresters interested in tropical ecology and plant physiological ecologists will also benefit from this authoritative and timely resource.
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