This text explores the most recent advances in research on adaptations and responses to the physical environment among the major plant groups found in tropical ecosystems. Fundamental processes provide the organizational framework for the book. Its four main sections include: i) acquisition, transport and loss of water, ii) carbon acquisition and regulation of photosynthetic gas exchange, iii) nutrient acquisition and use, iv) energy balance and adaptation to temperature extremes. Concise but informative explanations of fundamental concepts at the beginning of each chapter allow those not familiar with the specialized terminology to grasp the nuances of each topic before becoming immersed in the more detailed analyses processes and case studies that follow. The book ends by suggesting that the bewildering plant species diversity in tropical ecosystems does not necessarily reflect an intractable range of physiological diversity.Although likely to be weak compared to species identity effects, the effect of diversity as mediated through resource ... Again, species identity may well have a far greater influence on stability than does species diversity. ... Explicit consideration of how changes in diversity and identity through succession affect ecosystem functioning is required if a full understanding of the role of biodiversity in highlyanbsp;...
|Title||:||Marine Hard Bottom Communities|
|Publisher||:||Springer Science & Business Media - 2009-06-22|