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Plants and Microclimate: A Quantitative Approach to Environmental Plant Physiology Paperback – June 4, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0521425247 ISBN-10: 0521425247 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (June 4, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521425247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521425247
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the reviews of the first edition...

"...a first-class introduction to quantitative environmental physiology...." M.H. Unsworth, New Phytologist

"...plant physiologists, agronomists, ecologists, and others interested in whole plants can all find much of value here." David A. Smith, American Scientist

"...an excellent book which all agricultural meteorologists would benefit from using." M.N. Hough, Meteorological Magazine

"This book will serve modelers and quantitative physiologists admirably. As a source of information and conceptual understanding it attains the highest standards in topical balance, rigor, logical organization, and guidance to the literature....At a time when endless, uninterpreted, and poorly connected lists of effects often pass for quantitative studies in biology, Plants and Microclimates stands as a fine model." Vincent P. Gutschick, Mathematical Biosciences

From the reviews of the second edition...

"...I would recommend the text for a course geared towards advanced undergraduates and graduate students." T. R. Baker, Ecology

"...a useful quantitative approach to environmental plant physiology....The approach boils down to the biophysics of environmental factors that affect plant growth and development (i.e., radiation, temperature, water relations, energy balance, and mass transfer) and the nature of plant or canopy response to them." Cary Au Mitchell, The Quarterly Review of Biology

Book Description

This introduction to the features of the atmospheric environment is of particular relevance to plants and describes the physical and physiological principles required for understanding their interaction with the environment.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Armando R. Suarez on April 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
All the editions of this book proved to be amazing compilations of information about the physical processes involved in plant physiology.
Jones reviews one by one, thermal, radiative, gaseous, ... properties, of plants in a clear concise yet exhaustive way.
Recommended for all serious scholars in plant sciences, environmental sciences, and agriculture
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Ashman on July 1, 2008
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Not a fun light read, yet accurately summarizes concepts in one coherent place that I learned from scattered and more difficult to read sources. I haven't read the whole book, but feel it would have saved me time in understanding evapotranspiration.

The book covers how plants respond to their microclimate and thus introduce climate regulation as plant communities impact the atmospheric microclimate around them. Solid references give a serious novice a firm launching point in their quantitative studies.

Do not expect tables of plant specific parameters from this book, nor how specific soil or atmospheric characteristics impact plant development and morphology (although bulk crop yield is covered). The equations presented model heat, gas, and chemical transport mechanisms between plant and air.
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