ISBN - Ecology of Plants 2nd Edition Direct TextbookThe ecology of plants, 2nd edn. It is quite unusual these days in ecological publishing to find a general textbook that deals specifically with the botanical aspects of ecology. Almost all texts in this subject combine animals, plants and microbes within the same covers, partly because all kingdoms are intricately mixed in the configuration of the ecosystem, partly because almost all university ecology classes are taught in an interdisciplinary manner, and perhaps also because the teaching of the subject is thought to benefit from a concentration on interactions between both species and kingdoms. Whatever the reasons, the publication of a textbook of plant ecology is a relatively rare event, but the question must be raised as to whether it is academically profitable. There are many aspects of ecology that are specifically down to plants, and the trapping of solar energy is quite clearly a botanical process upon which almost all other life forms depend. It is entirely reasonable, therefore, that this book begins with photosynthesis: its biochemistry, including its various pathways and their ecological significance, and its variation with light intensity and quality. No animals are needed here, and their exclusion is no loss to the book.
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Embed Size px. The purist ecologist would argue that the term community cannot be applied selectively to organisms of one trophic level such as plants ; perhaps the term guild would be preferable. This is one of the strongest parts of the book, to avoid competing with other plants. Carnivory may be an adaptation to low-nutrient environments, and makes good use of topic boxes and numerical examples.
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This is the only volume I have seen that contains a good treatment of evolutionary and physiological ecology, as well as more traditional topics such as competition and herbivory, vegetation types, and biomes. Overall, this useful book, beautifully laid out and well written, fills an important gap in the educational literature on plant ecology. It is up to date and quantitatively sophisticated, and it provides a nice balance between presentation of facts and concepts and narration of evocative examples. I plan to continue to use this volume in my course and recommend it highly. Ingrid M. Parker, The Quarterly Review of Biology Overall, The Ecology of Plants provides a useful and complete tool to teach plant ecology to undergraduate students. Therefore, I strongly recommend it.
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