The existence and competition of trees and shrubs to sustain and put forth growth under varied environmental conditions is dependent on the interactions that occur between the plant metabolic processes and the prevailing environmental conditions. In order to understand the productivity of trees and shrubs, it is a prerequisite to know the experimental techniques of these vital processes. This volume provides a comprehensive presentation of this topic.
The first part of this book deals with various aspects of experimental ecophysiology and recent research results of studies on plant pigments, epicuticular wax, leaf nutrients, carbon fixation, all supported by literature. The second part of the volume describes various laboratory techniques such as diffusion, imbibition, calorimetry, atomic absorption, mineral nutrition, nutrition analysis of forage, litterfall chemistry, nutrient cycle, etc. The third and fourth parts deal with advances in the techniques in the development of ecophysiology.
The book will serve as an important handbook and resource for students, faculty and teachers, technicians, and researchers and scientists involved in forest science dealing with ecophysiology and biochemistry of woody and crop plants.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Experimental Ecophysiology And Biochemistry 1. Leaf Pigment 2. Leaf Epicuticular Wax 3. Leaf Nutrients 4. Carbon Fixation (Carbon Sequestration) 5. Wood Carbon and Nitrogen 6. Leaf /Wood Chemical Composition Part 2: Laboratory Techniques Of Physiology And Biochemistry 7. Revision of Terminology and Laboratory Techniques 8. Diffusion and Osmosis 9. Imbibition of Seeds 10. Estimation of Water Potential in Potatoes from Changes in Weight and Volume 11. Influence of Ph on Coloration of Anthocyanin and Betalaine 12. Colorimetry as a Tool in Plant Physiology 13. Determination of Pigment Contents in Leaf Tissue 14. Water Relations 15. Spectroscopy of Atomic Absorption 16. Mineral Nutrition and Symptoms of Deficiency of Nutrients 17. Pigment Analysis of Leaves 18. Leaf Epicuticular Wax 19. Determination of Nutrients of Leaves (Macro and Micronutrients) 20. Nutritional Composition of Forage 21. Carbon Fixation (Carbon Sequestration) 22. Chemical Composition of Wood of Woody Plants 23. Litterfall Chemistry 24. Nutrient Cycle 25. Study of the Various Aspects of Mineral Nutrition, Accumulation, and Distribution of Micro- and Macro Elements in Woody Plants (Zolotovo Ekather, Russia) 26. Allied Microtechniques Part 3: 27. Advances in Technology Development in Experimental Ecophysiology and Biochemistry Part 4: 28. Modern Methods and Research Directions of Biochemistry of the Boreal Woody Plants Ekaterina Zolotova and Natalya Ivanova
Humberto González Rodríguez, PhD, is a faculty member at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Ciencias Forestales (School of Forest Sciences), Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is currently working on water relations and plant nutrition in native woody trees and shrubs, northeastern Mexico. In addition, his research includes nutrient deposition via litterfall in different forest ecosystems. Dr. Rodríguez teaches chemistry, plant physiology, and statistics.
Ratikanta Maiti, PhD, DSc, was a world-renowned botanist and crop physiologist. His varied experience included work at the former Jute Agricultural Research Institute, India; as a plant physiologist on sorghum and pearl millet at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics; as a Research Advisor at Vibha Seeds, India; as a professor and research scientist at several universities in Mexico. A prolific author, he received several international awards and was chief editor of three international journals.
Ch. Aruna Kumari, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop Physiology at Agricultural College, Jagtial, Professor Jaya Shankar Telangana State Agricultural University, India. She also has research experience at varied Indian Council of Agricultural Research institutes as well as at Vibha Seeds. She is the author of several book chapters and was a coeditor of several books. She had also published research publications in national and international journals.