The majority of the world's people depend research work should be carried out at the local and regional level by locally trained on plants for their livelihood since they grow them for food, fuel, timber, fodder and people. many other uses. A good understanding Following the success of our earlier book of the practical factors which govern the (Techniques in Bioproductivity and Photo synthesis; Pergamon Press, 1985), which productivity of plants through the process of photosynthesis is therefore of paramount was translated into four major languages, importance, especially in the light of cur the editors and contributors have exten rent concern about global climate change sively revised the content and widened the and the response of both crops and natural scope of the text,· so it now bears a title ecosystems. in line with current concern over global The origins of this book lie in a series of climate change. · In particular, we have training courses sponsored by the United added chapters on remote sensing, con Nations Environment Programme (Project trolled-environment studies, chlorophyll No. FP/6108-88-0l (2855); 'Environment fluorescence, metabolite partitioning and changes and the productivity of tropical the use of mass isotopes, all of which grasslands'), with additional support from techniques are increasing in their applica many international and national agencies. tion and importance to this subject area.
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"It is very useful to students and researchers who want a wide angle view on the photosynthesis research methods[...] Overall, the book provides a valuable guide in finding the most suitable experimental approach for photosynthesis research, and connections to related processes that determine plants productivity." (International Journal of Ecology)
"[...]of great interest to plant physiology and plant ecology teachers as well as for graduate students working in the fields of photosynthesis and plant productivity." (Journal of Experimental Botany)
"[...]one can recommend it to all students and scientists who want to become familiar with studies in ecology, plant physiology, agricultural and horticultural sciences." (Journal of Plant Physiology)
"Although designed as a field and bench manual this work is also a fine textbook on these subjects and will be a bible for new postgraduates in the subject and a much needed inspiration for those needing to design new practical courses [...] here is a book academics can afford to buy and feel happy they have received value for money." (Phytochemistry)
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