In this authoritative review, leading international researchers explore the growing range of applications of stable isotope techniques for probing and integrating biological processes and palaeoclimatic cycles. The interdisciplinary approach covers a wide range of issues, opportunities and developments, setting interactions with plants in the context of water and nutrient cycles, exchanges with the atmosphere and modelling past and present climate change.
This important book will appeal to those requiring an overview of the use of stable isotopes in aquatic, terrestrial and climatic processes and is in tune with current global concerns. In addition postgraduates and research scientists will find an extensive guide to more specialist disciplines, including developing mass spectrometer technologies, compound-specific and cellular-discrimination processes or whole organism and ecosystem responses.
'This excellent book provides the interested reader with the tools to make an informed assessment of published results: for the practitioner, it will be a rich source of references This is a splendid review which, if you are interested in ecological processes, is well worth a read.' - SGM Quarterley
'The book is a compendium of expert knowledge resulting from the Stable Isotopes Symposium held in the United Kingdom in July 1996.' - New Zealand Journal of Agriculture Research
'Overall I would recommend this book particularly to students of plant biochemistry…the book is a very good reference in itself, and as each chapter cites numerous current studies, it is also a valuable resource for primary references.' - The Quarterley Review of Biology