Ecophysiology of Economic Plants in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jul 20, 1998 - Science - 343 pages
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Eeonomie plants range from those that are eommercially utilised by the industrial nations of the world to those that safeguard the survival of hunter-gatherer aboriginal eommunities. In a world of inereasing human and livestock populations, land and environment degradation, species loss and climatic change, it is becoming inerea­ singly important to work for the sustainable management of the world's natural resourees. This is especially important for the arid and semi-arid regions where any abuse of the harsh environment is unforgiving. Plant resourees are especially important sinee they proteet the environment, provide habitats for both flora and fauna, and direetly or indireetly provide the resourees for man's survival. An understanding of how plants are adapted to survive is an essential tool for the better management of the environment. Sinee there are over 20000 useful plants in the arid and sem i-arid regions of the world, of which only a relative few have been even partially investigated, the writer makes no apologies for whieh plants have been included or ignored. All the plants mentioned in the introductory ehap­ ters marked with an asterisk are diseussed more fully in Chapter 11.
  

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Contents

Economic Plants and Arid and SemiArid Lands
1
Arid and Semiarid Regions and Ecosystems
16
Ecophysiology NitrogenFixation
105
Water Stress
111
Temperature Stress
123
Salt Stress
131
Photosynthesis
137
Anatomical and Morphological Adaptations
145
Their Ecophysiology
161
References
273
Taxonomic Indices
297
Subject Index
335
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