Modular Texts Series Series

Principles of Ecology in Plant Production Edition 2

November 2010
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  • Published
    11th November 2010
  • ISBN 9781845936549
  • Language English
  • Pages 200 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.75"
  • Images 61 illus
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Production of food fiber and fuel is vital for humanity, and as the world population continues to rise, demands on these resources is ever increasing. In a context of growing worldwide concern about sustainability and environmental impacts of cropland, grassland and forestry practices, this textbook provides an introduction to the processes that define the ecology and environment of plant production. Core principles are examined such as soil-plant relationships, genetic manipulation and diversity, yield and water requirements, as well as physical factors such as solar radiation, temperature and weather. This edition is fully updated with new chapters on climate change and biofuels.

"…Largely based on the methods of crop physiology and physics, and in this respect the book is excellent as an introductory text to plant production."

G. R. Squire - , Journal of Experimental Agriculture

Praise for the first edition: "I highly recommend this book for undergraduate students in plant production
courses. It is easy to read, well-structured and of high scientific level…also useful for
a more general readership."

- , Scientia Horticulturae

Plant Production
1. Human population, Plant Production and Environmental Issues
2. Ecological Perspective
3. Diversity and Genetics

Climate Resources
4. Weather and Climate
5. Radiant Energy
6. Temperature
7. Environmental Limits to production
8. Changes in Future Climates

Water and Nutrient Resources
9. Water in the Soil
10. Water
11. Climate Change Impact on Plants
12. Nutrients in the Soil
13. Nitrogen and Agricultural Productivity
14. Biofuels

Thomas R. Sinclair

Thomas R. Sinclair is at the University of Florida.

Albert Weiss

Albert Weiss is at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.