Plant ecology is the scientific study of the factors influencing the distribution and abundance of plants. This benchmark text, extremely well received in its first edition, shows how pattern and structure at different levels of plant organization--from ecophysiology through population dynamics to community structure and ecosystem function--are influenced by abiotic factors (eg, climate and soils) and by biotic factors (eg, competition and herbivory). Adopting a dynamic approach, this book combines descriptive text with theoretical models and experimental data. It will be invaluable reading for both student and practising ecologist alike.
In this second edition, the structure of the book has been completely revised, moving from the small scale to the large scale, in keeping with contemporary teaching methods. This fresh approach allows consideration of several new and important topics such as plant secondary chemistry, herbivory, sex, and breeding systems. Additional chapters address topical applied issues in plant ecology including global warming, pollution and biodiversity.
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"The second edition Plant Ecology is outstandingly good. If you enjoyed the first edition, read the second. It is new. It can be recommended to teachers, research workers and able students. Complex theory is explained clearly; current issues are brought to the fore. Above all, it is inspiring. As Crawley says of plant taxonomy, 'It's fun'." Journal of Ecology
"The first edition of the book was one of the most successful publishing events in the field of plant ecology in the 1980s. As the new edition seems to be improved in several directions it has a good chance to become a benchmark text in plant ecology even at the beginning of the new millennium. I can recommend it to anybody who wants to refresh his/her knowledge on the particular topic of plant ecology and as a supplementary text to students of a general ecology course." Leos Klimes, Folia Geobotanica, 2002, (37)
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