The Evolution of Plant Physiology

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Alan R. Hemsley, Imogen Poole
Academic Press, Feb 5, 2004 - Science - 512 pages
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Coupled with biomechanical data, organic geochemistry and cladistic analyses utilizing abundant genetic data, scientific studies are revealing new facets of how plants have evolved over time. This collection of papers examines these early stages of plant physiology evolution by describing the initial physiological adaptations necessary for survival as upright structures in a dry, terrestrial environment. The Evolution of Plant Physiology also encompasses physiology in its broadest sense to include biochemistry, histology, mechanics, development, growth, reproduction and with an emphasis on the interplay between physiology, development and plant evolution.
  • Contributions from leading neo- and palaeo-botanists from the Linnean Society
  • Focus on how evolution shaped photosynthesis, respiration, reproduction and metabolism.
  • Coverage of the effects of specific evolutionary forces -- variations in water and nutrient availability, grazing pressure, and other environmental variables
 

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Contents

Part II Evolution of Plant Physiology from the Molecular Level
65
Part III Evolution of Anatomical Physiology
195
Part IV Evolution of Environmental and Ecosystem Physiology
379
Index
481
Colour Plates
493
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About the author (2004)

Imogen Poole is a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. She has worked extensively on palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic interpretations of Cretaceous and younger floras from both hemispheres. A particular focus of her research has been determining the floristic composition of high latitude Antarctic floras and reconstructing the palaeoenvironment and climate of these early angiospermous ecosystems. She has also been actively involved in conservational issues relating to tourism and human impacts in Antarctica and has authored articles for the popular press.

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